Gary and Wini Ledford, the owners of the Imperial Hotel &
been residents of Cripple Creek since 2004.
Before moving to Colorado, they were living in Apple Valley,
California. Wini grew up in Apple Valley, where her family owned
one of the largest integrated turkey ranches in the western
United States. Her mother Francis Boynton Winkler moved to
Valley around 1919, and purchased a guest ranch, which she and
her husband operated for Hollywood notables. Along with her
Aunt Katherine Boynton, who also purchased the Yucca Loma Ranch
two miles away, the ranchers became very well
known in the early years. You can read more about the Boynton
Family of Cripple
The Ledfords had recently sold their development business in
Apple Valley, where they had developed a Master Planned
Retirement Community on Wini’s family ranch. When they first
moved here, they purchased a home that had been originally owned
by George and Emma Carr, who were some of the first discoverers of
Cripple Creek. This house was a typical Victorian home.
They set out to renovate it, and found that with retirement they
needed something else to do.
On election day in 2003, the Mayor of
Creek at the time told Gary of the
opportunity to acquire the old Cripple Creek High School. The
next day after meeting with the owner, a deal was struck and the
planning effort went into effect. The Ledfords had built eight model
homes in Apple Valley, so they had a significant head start as to how to
furnish the building.
In February 2004, the transaction closed on the Cripple Creek
Hotel that had been operated by the Heiliger family for nearly
20 years. They had renovated the east side of the building into
12 rooms. Over the time the rooms needed a full restoration and
Ledfords focused the first 106 days on taking the rooms to bare
walls and conducting a full restoration and renovation of all of
those rooms, transforming them into historic theme rooms and
fully modernizing them.
The Carr Manor was opened on Memorial Day in 2004 and operated until
January 2, 2005, when it was closed for another five months for restoration
of the rest of the building. Most of the rest of the building was
in its original condition, so more extensive renovations and
rebuilding were required to bring it to the luxury boutique
hotel that you see today.
In the winter of 2011 the Ledfords took on the challenge of
renovating the Imperial Hotel, opening the Midland Depot Italian
restaurant and The Red Rooster Bar, and continue to work on
renovating the historic Gold Bar Room Theater. They are now
opening the Monte Carlo Mining Company Emporium with fine art
and antiques, as well as Bobbie B's Burgers and Ice Cream.
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