Well done, Curbediverse. Some of you correctly guessed the ski town featured in round 6 of our trivia game, Skispotter, but only one person got the name of the former hotel whose demolition revealed a century-old "ghost sign" on an adjacent wall.
The answer to Skispotter is the Harbor Hotel in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The hotel was built in 1939, and torn down nearly 70 years later to make way for the Howelsen Place multi-use development. Following the demolition, the crew discovered the presence of a faded ghost sign (a lead paint-based billboard) from the 19th/early 20th century, on the neighboring building at 729 Lincoln Avenue. This particular sign for M & O cigars actually has multiple layers, making it even more historically valuable. When Howelsen Place was built, the ghost sign was left intact.
Want to see more of Old Town Steamboat? The Tread of Pioneers Museum has more than 500 historic Lincoln Avenue photos in its archives. Tune in for next week's Skispotter, and don't forget to send us your photos or ideas.
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· Ski Country's Most Historic Hotels: Colorful & Scandalous [Curbed Ski Archives]