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Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen

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Code: 978-0-86541-107-4
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Joyce B. Lohse

Elizabeth Bonduel McCourt was born in 1854 in Wisconsin. She moved west, married a man named Harvey Doe, and came to be called "Baby" by the miners in Central City, Colorado.

After attracting the attention of wealthy Horace Tabor of Leadville, she began a very public affair with Tabor ending with marriage in a private ceremony in 1882.

A lavish lifestyle ended after fifteen years with loss of the Tabor fortune in the Silver Crash and Horace's death in 1899.

Baby Doe spent the last thirty-five years of her life in a small cabin outside the Matchless Mine in Leadville.

"Lohse has written a succinct and enjoyable history of what is perhaps the greatest rags-to-riches-to-rags story in the American West--how Baby Doe Tabor became the Matchless Silver Queen."
– Robert E. Hartzell, Executive Director,
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

"In Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen, Joyce Lohse has accomplished something remarkable. She has retold Colorado history’s most famous soap opera in terms appropriate for all ages and has also presented the notorious Baby Doe as a sympathetic character. Rare is the biography that neither demonizes nor romanticizes Elizabeth Tabor. By focusing on her determination and her devotion to her family, Lohse humanizes this often misrepresented folk heroine."
– Debra Faulkner, Author, Brown Palace Hotel Historian, Metropolitan State College of Denver faculty

"Joyce Lohse gives us a refreshing look into the controversial life of Elizabeth Bonduel Doe Tabor. She leads us through Lizzie’s life from childhood to her lonely death in a cabin at her beloved Matchless Mine. A most interesting read!"
– Janice Fox, Local History Coordinator, Lake County Public Library, Leadville, CO

116 pages; illustrated
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Trim: 5.5" by 8.5"
Publication date: Spring 2011

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