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Geography

Our
History

Gilded Age & Social Prestige

Founded by nine men in 1877, each adamantly decreeing a prohibition on firearms and intoxicants within the premises, the El Paso Club has steadily and sensibly expanded its membership to its current count of 400. During its formative years, particularly between 1890 and 1900, an era marked by prosperity for the nearby mining community of Cripple Creek, the El Paso Club flourished as the primary meeting venue for the newly affluent millionaires. These individuals, reminiscent of the high society of London, indulged in lavish spending and extravagant entertainment, contributing significantly to Colorado Springs earning the moniker "Little London."

El Paso Club

Historical Foundation

Established on October 23, 1877, the El Paso Club proudly holds the distinction of being regarded as the oldest private town club west of Chicago. Originally constructed in 1883 as the personal residence of Professor James H. Kerr of Colorado College, the club's current building replaced Major Wagner's cottage, the initial structure on the property dating back to 1875. In 1890, the El Paso Club acquired this residence, which has been its esteemed headquarters ever since.

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Evolution
into Elegance

As time progressed, the El Paso Club evolved from the spirited days of its founding members into the refined downtown club of contemporary Colorado Springs. While subtle changes have occurred in the physical structure of the historic building on the corner of Platte and Tejon streets, the club remains a custodian of tradition and camaraderie. The present-day members, spanning generations, cherish and uphold the enduring legacy of this distinguished establishment.

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