Good afternoon everyone!
Today is the day we’ve all been looking forward to all season as we’re celebrating our 100th birthday! In honor of our birthday, here’s a quick history of the Baldpate. Before our main lodge was built, the Mace family opened up their “Baldpate” home and a few cabins that they rented out and found steady business with, registering officially under the Homestead Act in 1917. As business grew, the main building that we all love was built in 1918 and was again christened as The Baldpate Inn, after the novel, Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers when the author came to stay and exclaimed that the building looked exactly how he had written it in the book! Several additions to the property have been completed since 1917, including a dance hall that is now our key-thedral where we will be offering the play based on our namesake novel. In 1986, the Smith family took over from the Mace family and continue the amazing job of keeping up the hotel and key room.
Speaking of our key room, did you know it’s been around since 1935?? It all started with a tradition that Ethel and Gordon Mace started, by letting guests keep their key from their stay as a memento. With World War II and rising steel prices, it was no longer feasible for the family to continue this practice, so in turn Baldpate regulars decided to flip the script and bring a key to the Baldpate instead. This soon became a regular habit for guests of the Baldpate, and with a mounting key collection, Ethel and Gordon dedicated a room in the lodge to the keys, starting with a few hundred keys and today we have over 30,000!
If you’re around Estes Park, come celebrate with us from 2-5 pm with remarks at 3:30 pm! We hope to see you!
Cheers to 100 years!
The Baldpate Museum Curation Staff