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The Denver Horror


August 29, 2018

In August of 1895, without warning, the boiler in the basement of the Gumry Hotel exploded. In the building’s ruins were several prominent people. One was Peter Gumry, owner of the hotel and superintendent of construction of the new capitol building. His assistant in the capitol project, R.C. Greiner, was also lost. A conductor for the Rock Island Railroad and others were staying in the hotel, which after burning collapsed into a pile of rubble.

There were rumors that it was not an accident, but done to stop construction

on the capitol building. The final decision was, that it was a fau...

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