The Jackson Hotel was built in 1878 by Henry A. Jackson who left his home in Kentucky looking for a place where his family could escape the turmoil of post-Civil War reconstruction. A former Memphis steamboat captain, Jackson found himself high and dry in the Rocky Mountains. Settling in Poncha Springs, which he called his "Garden of Eden," Jackson decided to open a hotel that would house his family as well as provide a living.
This roadhouse was a very welcome site for many weary travelers as they crossed the Rockies by stagecoach and horseback. Such guests have included, Frank and Jesse James, President Ulysses S Grant, William (Billy the Kid) Bonney, Susan B. Anthony, Alexander Graham Bell, Rudyard Kipling, and Horace and Baby Doe Tabor.
The Jackson Hotel has lived an incredible history. A testament to the legendary heros of the American West, its stories, passed down from generation to generation, keep the spirit of this grand hotel alive.