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Book Cripple Creek Hotel Room$170
This Max Morath Corner Queen Room is spacious light and airy, in the northeast portion of the building, and has original school chalk boards for guests to leave memorable messages. It features a Posturepedic queen bed with stycle style furnishings, corner armoire, individual bath and tub, cable TV, in-room phone, wireless internet.

Graduate studies at Stanford’s NBC Radio & Television Institute sharpened his media skills, and for PBS (then NET) in the early 1960’s he wrote and performed twenty-eight half-hour television shows exploring American life through its popular music. The initial series, “The Ragtime Era,” was conceived and produced by Moss Hall, another veteran of the Imperial Players. Hall had put in several seasons onstage as a popular actor/mime, then served as Stage Manager for the troupe. He went on to become a producer for Denver’s Channel Six, a major supplier of programs for PBS. As one of his first projects, he convinced Max they could put his Cripple Creek persona on the tube. The resulting ragtime series, written by Max and produced under Hall’s supervision, became a substantial and long-running national hit.
Exposure and publicity from these shows led to extended runs for Max at New York’s famed Blue Angel nightclub and on to a lengthy engagement with his quartet at the historic Village Vanguard. Then, determined to enlarge his television and cabaret materials into a theatrical property, he launched in1969 his first one-man theatrical, Off-Broadway at the Jan Hus Playhouse in New York: "Max Morath at the Turn of the Century." Again, critics were impressed with his seemingly offhand, colloquial approach to history and music. Many other theatrical productions followed, assuring him many years of successful touring across the USA and Canada.

Many of Max’s piano and vocal recordings remain currently available on CDs, primarily on the Vanguard label, but also on Columbia/Sony,Omega, Premier, RCA, and Solo Art. His album The Ragtime Man, (Omega, 1992) includes his composition "Cripple Creek: A Ragtime Suite for Piano,” capturing the mood of the gold rush days with rags named for six of the district’s legendary mines.
The Moraths have never been strangers to the Gold Camp. Max’s grandfather, Fred A. Morath and his great-uncles Ed, Gene, and Charlie, came west from Ohio and were hustling here in the boom days of the 1890’s. As kids, growing up in Colorado Springs, Max, his brother Fred and their pals hiked the Old Stage Road and the Gold Camp Road to Cripple Creek “millions of times.” Long after his final season with the Imperial Players, Max and his daughter Kathy, a professional actress, were in town to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bob Womack’s discovery (1892-1992) in an outdoor concert with the Colorado Springs Symphony. The orchestral version of Max’s ragtime tribute to Womack, Poverty Gulch, was premiered. Then in the year 2000, Max was invited by the late Steve Mackin, who managed the new Butte Music Hall on Bennett Avenue, to perform the opening shows on its stage.

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Carr Manor Historic Inn

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Cripple Creek, Colorado

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