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Broadmoor Cowboy Hats

#63 2013-06-01

Valencia Cafe & Bar Cheyenne, Wyo

The raised lettering highlights the cobalt glaze on this pretty Valencia Cafe hat.

The Cafe was located on the same block as the Plains Hotel in downtown Cheyenne.

The back of the early 1950s postcard reads "...for the finest in foods, dine and dance nightly...".

A few years ago the cafe building was still standing occupied by three businesses.

The left shot shows the cafe site with the Plains Hotel in the background. The Plains is also shot from a different angle.

Pocatello Idaho

Broadmoor also made advertising pottery for the Plains Hotel and Fossil Cabin in Wyoming and this turquoise hat for Pocatello, Idaho.

Broadmoor president Paul Genter must have been familiar with this part of the country. He was born in Rawlins, Wyoming in 1886, grew up in Utah, lived in Colorado for ten years and later returned to Utah to operate a business until the early 1920s.

He was also a member of the American Automobile Association as far back as the 1910s traveling to Colorado's front range, Seattle, Los Angeles and possibly even Michigan before his Broadmoor years in the 1930s.

Prior Denver

This turquoise hat was made for the Prior western wear store in Denver. A bucking bronco impressed on these first three hats is similar to Prior-Denver's bronco.

Prior Western Wear shirt label

Rocky Mountain National Park

Just west of our town of Loveland, Colorado is Rocky Mountain National Park.

The park was established in 1915 and expanded over the years with the largest addition -- the Never Summer Range -- in 1929. Its Trail Ridge Road linking Colorado's front range to its western slope over the continental divide was completed in 1933.

Broadmoor Hotel Colorado Springs. Colo

Broadmoor Pottery advertising items made for the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs are surprisingly hard to find since the hotel's owner and founder Spencer Penrose was an early backer of the pottery.

This gunmetal-glazed hat is the only "Broadmoor-Broadmoor" form we know of.

The hats above with advertising are from Broadmoor at Denver and have the same small form as this nice green Broadmoor-Springs hat. Colorado Springs hats are harder to find and typically without advertising.

Our green drip-glazed hat has an ordinary Broadmoor-Colo Spgs ink stamp showing one potter standing at a kick wheel and another operating a press mold. (click image)

This Oxblood Broadmoor-Springs hat, bottom dated 1936, is almost twice the size as the others. It is otherwise plain without embossed advertising.

Finally four years ago we lost the bid on this large "1836-1936 Texas Centennial" hat. Its bottom is undated with a smudgy Colorado Springs ink stamp.

The hat went for two hundred seventy five dollars. Cary of Wenatchee, Washington kindly provided the closeup.

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