The Rose Haydee Building

The Rose Haydee Building (HMYZB)

Location: Central City, CO 80427 Gilpin County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 48.005', W 105° 30.766'

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The first lady of the early Colorado state was Rose (Brown) Wakely, better known by her stage name, Rose "Haydee". The dark-eyed beauty came to Colorado in September, 1859 - and the miners fell in love with her at once. She became the most popular entertainer in Central City. Then, suddenly, she disappeared.

Now among her many admirers was Thomas Evans, a gambling man of rather "satanic good looks." And it was suspicioned no coincidence that, on Tuesday, November 13, 1860 - just prior to a performance starring her, Rose and the gambling man were gone!

Following the town's suspicions, Justice Downing issued a warrant "for the arrest of an individual who has abducted a young girl...for the basest of all imaginable purposes."

The fugitive Evans was overtaken "on the road to the States" and, with his sweet young charge, hauled back to Central City. He was brought to trial for the abduction under a handy and sturdy tree to facilitate hanging. But Rose saved this gambling man by saying that they had been married!

The next day, November 24, 1860, Rose Haydee became, through marriage in earnest, Mrs. Thomas Evans ... they of Central City, Colorado

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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 8:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 456102 N 4405694
Decimal Degrees39.80008333, -105.51276667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.005', W 105° 30.766'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 0.30" N, 105° 30' 45.96" W
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Area Code(s)303
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 125 Nevada St, Central City CO 80427, US
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