SUPERIOR, Colo. — The house's story was almost as old as the town of Superior itself, founded in the 1890s when coal was king in the area.
It was built in 1910 — when William Howard Taft was president, when the Titanic was being constructed. It was part of a cluster of housing for coal miners, and at one point served as a brothel for the workers, the property's rental manager said.
Now the house at 101 Coal Creek Drive is gone, destroyed by the Marshall Fire.
About all that was visible on the site on Jan. 2, poking up through a blanket of snow, were a charred washer, a dryer, a refrigerator and a chimney.
"111 years of history, now gone. Very sad," said Robin, the property manager, who asked that her last name not be used.
As she scanned the site, Robin said she was feeling "a little overwhelmed right now." She described the destroyed home as "a cute little farmhouse-style" structure on a big lot, near Superior's Asti Park.