Colorado – Idaho Springs: Erickson Building
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The Erickson Building, at 1630 Miner Street, was built by Edward Erickson from 1879-1990. The building housed a variety of businesses through the years, but Erickson maintained it until 1918 when he sold it to Simon Weinberger for use as a saloon, which sported the city’s first electric sign. At other times, it served as a meat market and the "GEM" movie theatre.
The Idaho Springs Downtown Commercial District, roughly bound by Center Alley, 14th Avenue, Riverside Drive, and Idaho Street, has been the commercial center of the community since its development in the late 19th century. The Idaho Springs downtown area, with its collection of Late Victorian-Era structures, formed the core of a city where prospector George A. Jackson made the first placer gold discovery in Colorado. It went on to serve as an important milling and supply center for the mining region which accelerated the settlement of Colorado.
Idaho Springs Downtown Commercial District #84000801 (1984)