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**Favorite Story ~ January 2009**
"My earliest memory of the Boulderado Hotel is of attending the Boulder Rotary Club children's Christmas party in the hotel dining room. The time was the early 1930s; the Great Depression was in full swing. Unaccustomed to eating anywhere but at home or at my grandparents', I was impressed by the fact that ladies, all dressed alike, were taking plates of food to everybody. The big room was filled with men and children -- it seemed no mothers or grandmothers were allowed. Though impressed with ladies all dressed alike, the food plates, and absence of mothers, the feeling didn't compare to the awe I felt when I looked down at the floor. No rugs or linoleum as at home, but little squares, mostly white, some colored, placed in a pattern that went as far as I could see throughout the room. I think we were entertained by a magician that day, and I think every child received a present; but I know I have never gotten over my infatuation with the Boulderado Hotel dining room floor.
The nation finally recovered from the Great Depression, and our family occasionally went out to eat. It became a tradition for us, in the 1940s, to have dinner at the Boulderado on New Year's Day. The hotel is still a destination for us when we have out-of-town guests. Each time we go into the building, I revel in the beauty of the ceiling over the lobby, and the grandeur of the staircase, but my favorite part of the building remains its mosaic tile floor."
-- Jane Valentine Barker,
Jane Barker, seen here with her husband Dick, poses in front of the antique cash register located in the Hotel Boulderado lobby. The cash register came from "Valentine Hardware," Jane's father's store.