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Broadmoor Baldpate Inn Ashtrays

no.017 2009-10-01

A few years ago we found a Broadmoor Pottery Baldpate Inn ashtray on eBay. It was unmarked so we didn't know if it was from the Springs or Denver operation. Most Broadmoor Pottery advertising items were made in Denver.

On a visit to the Inn we found three Broadmoor Pottery ashtrays in their Key Room. A blue ashtray with a metal matchbox holder like ours (below) and two without matchbox holders.

Their bisque and red glazed ashtrays are especially nice because they crisply display the keys impression along with "Rocky Mountain National Park". The red ashtray also has a very faint partial Denver ink stamp on the bottom!

our ashtray with matchbox holder.

The Baldpate Inn is a characterful lodge on the road to Wind River Pass seven miles south of Estes Park, Colorado. It derives its name from The Seven Keys To Baldpate, a novel by Earl Derr Biggers.

Only the second family to own the Inn since 1917, the Smiths have operated it since 1986. Check out the history(pdf) of the place on their web site. If you book a stay try to get a room in the main lodge. Their fine restaurant is also well known in the Estes Park area.

early post card

Baldpate Inn today

old Key Room postcard

Nancy in the Key Room

August 2012 addition: This "type 2" Broadmoor Baldpate matchbook slotted ashtray found on eBay has the same chief form as our unslotted Indian Grill ashtray. link

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