Mayzie: Happy Cheezeday/Chewsday to all my dear furends!
Okay, so we’re continuing on with our Flat Brutus tour. Is everybuddy ready?
So’s the next place we tooks Flat Brutus to was this building called The Broadmoor. The Broadmoor is this fancy schmancy place where fancy schmancy peoples stay at.
Ranger: Ah, but there’s more to it than just that, little sister. There is a lot of history behind the esteemed Broadmoor hotel. It all began in 1890 when the Broadmoor Land Investment Company purchased the land that the Broadmoor sits on. In 1891, the Broadmoor itself originally opened as a casino.
In 1897, it was purchased by the estate of Winfield Scott Stratton, one of Colorado Springs’ founding fathers, and it was converted into a boarding house and day school for girls.
In 1916, it was purchased by Philadelphia entrepreneur Spencer Penrose and his wife, Julie. They also purchased 400 adjoining acres and set out to create the finest resort in the world.
Here’s an interesting bit of trivia for you. Do you notice anything different between the painting above and the first picture of Flat Brutus in front of the Broadmoor? Look carefully.
That’s correct. In reality, the Broadmoor Lake is actually situated behind the Broadmoor. Spencer Penrose commissioned the painting to use in advertisements back east. Ever the marketer, he asked Maxfield Parrish to put the lake in front of the hotel because he thought it would have a greater appeal to potential guests.
Spencer Penrose would be proud. To this day, the Broadmoor is regarded as one of the world’s premiere resorts and has received the Forbes 5-star rating for 50 years running and a AAA five-diamond rating for 34 years straight. Nine U.S. Presidents have stayed here, as well as celebrities like John Wayne, Clark Gable, Elton John, Jay Leno, and Walt Disney. Last year the US Senior Open was played on its golf course and this year, it will host the US Women’s Open.
Despite, as Mayzie puts it, its fancy schmancy reputation, it has quite a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, according to my mother and dad (decidedly UN-fancy schmancy people) who stayed there on one of their wedding anniversaries.
Mayzie: Oh, Brudder Ranger! Did you tell ’em that they lets peoples bring their dogs with ’em? They even have this super HUGE painting of a dog that looks a whole lot like Cuzin Bridger!
Most unfortunately, we didn’t gets to go into the hotel this time around but Flat Brutus was okay with that. Cuz he was all excited about our next stop…
To be continued…