The Leland Feitz Room, themed for the author and a former owner of a hone on Carr Ave, is quaint and features a queen bed with full bath. This room is decorated in earth tones and traditional style that will relax you and let you completely forget your troubles. It compliments the history of the Manor. The first floor room is close to the front of the Manor. Leland Feitz has written 27 books on the history of Cripple Creek and Victor.
No subject was too large or small for Feitz to preserve. He gave equal time to outhouses and whorehouses, churches and gold mines, the famous and not so famous. He wrote about encounters with Duke Ellington, Lowell Thomas, Harry Truman and neighbors who warred over placement of a rhubarb plant.
Feitz was the historic voice of the Pikes Peak region for decades and worked in customer relations in the 1940s for one of the more famous employers in Colorado Springs, the Alexander Film Co., which created movies and TV ads.
He later got what he called his “dream job,” serving as director of the Cripple Creek District Museum for eight years. Born March 17, 1924, in La Jara, a south central Colorado farming community, Feitz milked cows as a kid, attended Colorado College and eventually spent several years in New York City writing advertising.
But he missed Colorado and returned to do what he loved most — preserving stories of characters now long gone and various historic communities such as Cripple Creek, Creed and Victor. He wrote the story of the Antlers Hotel and even a book on Colorado’s trolleys. In the 1960s, he started a publishing company, Little London Press, to publish his own works and those of others.
He and his wife, Evelyn (who died in 2004), traveled on precarious mountain roads in a motor home to find the stories to tell.
In an interview last year, Feitz said his books sold well because “they were short and didn’t cost a lot.” But they contained a wealth of information.
His most well-known book was From 7 to 77: a Memoir of Sorts, that he published in 2001.
Carr Manor Historic Inn
350 East Carr Ave.
Cripple Creek, Colorado
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