A legendary hotelNumerous legends and stories are connected with this fabled hotel. The small site, a triangular cow pasture, became one of the most impressive hotels in the West due to the determination of its founder, Henry C. Brown. Pierson states, "How many hotels can claim their own artesian well in the basement, or a secret tunnel to spirit important guests, unseen, across the street for an amorous rendezvous or a spin of the roulette wheel?" (149) (See the Navarre.) He adds that this hotel has hosted almost every president since Teddy Roosevelt and became the summer White House during Eisenhower's presidency since the First Lady Mamie had come from Denver.