July 20, 2012
Owner Kimberly Ritchie, left, and general manager Nancy Sturgeon display the commemorative sign for The Meeker Hotel. Ritchie’s husband, James, purchased the property in 1996, the centennial of the hotel.
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Presidents, movie stars, Western outlaws, even an otherworldly spirit or two. One area hotel lays claim to housing them all, and after 126 years in business the Northwest Colorado establishment still brings in crowds in droves. With its blend of turn-of the-century aesthetics and modern-day creature comforts, The Meeker Hotel provides an ideal getaway for hunters and tourists from out-of-state as well as within. Founded in 1886 by pioneer Susan C. Wright and partner Charlie Dunbar, an adobe building that served as housing for soldiers in the area was passed onto Wright’s brother, R.S. Ball, after her death in 1893.