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Stark Brothers Mercantile Company & Home Comfort Hotel, North side, West Main Street, Saint Elmo (historical), Chaffee County, CO



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Location
West Main Street, Saint Elmo (historical), CO

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CO-147
Building/structure dates: 1882 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1909 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1909 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1942 subsequent work
Significance: Probably the buildings most closely identified with St. Elmo during its final boom of c.1908-17 and during its decline after 1926. The Stark family was responsible for keeping the identity of St. Elmo alive long after mining ceased and miners left. They purchased most of the surviving buildings and kept them in use as vacation cabins after 1924. The store and hotel was the center of tourism in the town for some 30 years, serving as post office, telegraph office, general store, cabin rental agency, and boarding house. Without the Stark's passionate dedication to preserving St. Elmo, little of its integrity would have survived.

Subjects
Commerce
Commercial Facilities
Hotels


Related Names
Bostwick, H. C.
Maish, W. W.
Garrison, Mrs. J. H.
Stark, Mrs. Anna A.
McClure, J. E.
Thallheimer, Arnold, Photographer
Glass, James A., Historian
Long Hoeft Architects, Delineator


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEWING NORTH
2. VIEWING NORTHWEST
3. VIEWING NORTHEAST
4. VIEW OF NORTHEAST REAR
5. INTERIOR VIEW OF STARK BROTHERS MERCANTILE COMPANY, TAKEN FROM THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROOM
6. INTERIOR VIEW OF STARK BROTHERS MERCANTILE COMPANY, TAKEN FROM THE RIGHT SIDE OF ROOM
7. INTERIOR VIEW OF KITCHEN STOVE
8. INTERIOR VIEW OF SECOND FLOOR HALL


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