Elizabeth “Baby Doe” Tabor

A kaleidoscope of legends surrounds the second wife of Horace Tabor, “Baby Doe,” whose amazing rags-to-riches-to-rags life story was immortalized in an opera, The Ballad of Baby Doe. Because of her passion for a man who was already married, most of society shunned her. In 1886 Tabor paid $54,000 for a pretentious mansion at Thirteenth and Sherman in Denver. During the silver panic of 1893, however, Tabor’s financial empire collapsed; Horace soon died and she became a penniless widow. In 1935 friends found her frozen to death, her feet wrapped in rags, in a shed at the Matchless Mine. It was for her tenacity and pioneering spirit that she was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.