History of the Wheat Ridge, Colorado  Property

Prospect Valley Hospitality, Inc. (PVH)

An integral part of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, the 1872 property has had a unique and colorful history that included a tavern in the cottage and a stagecoach stop in the main house. The Wheat Ridge Historical society had an old photo in the archives that neither confirmed nor disproved either claim.

The property was purchased by founder Kimary Marchese in 2001 from the previous owner, Susan Craig Bongers. It had been run for decades by her parents Jack and Elsie Craig as Prospect Valley Grocery, a kind of general store which all the locals called “Jack & Elsie’s Place”. Wheat Ridge natives fondly tell stories of running across the street from the now long-gone Prospect Valley Elementary School building and delightfully choosing from 100 kinds of penny candy. An old newspaper clipping makes it obvious that the Craigs were pillars in the community, and anyone now left who knew them, has fond memories of Jack and Elsie.

Originally, they thought being a tavern was farfetched because this was a “dry” county for many years. However, a 2002 conversation with Helen Beliel, age 86 at the time, revealed that her parents bought the property just 3 days before her wedding in 1936. At that time, the cottage on the west end was “Sis’s Tavern”. It was heated by a coal stove and had no plumbing. They were using the double-seated outhouse that is still out back. The stagecoach part of the history is yet to be confirmed. But the suspicion is that it was indeed the last stop on the Lookout Mountain stagecoach line as reported by local lore.

There are several out-buildings, including two structures that were most likely originally chicken coops. Susan Craig Bongers indicated that by time her parents and she arrived, one was used like a tool shed and the other for coal storage. One is now used for gardening tools and the other has been converted to a garden prayer chapel. Don’t forget the original double seated out house! The out buildings were originally down by the river behind the property, called Lena Gulch, since the farming days. They were later moved by the City when it took part of the property for the Lena Gulch Reclamation project.

PVH, a part of Wheat Ridge history

Apparently, Elsie did a little hair dressing out of the store. In addition to being the local shop-keep, Jack was a Lutheran Sunday School Teacher. The site did a brief stint as a combination store and gas station, but the tanks were pulled up and removed by Texaco ages ago.

Susan was a young child when her parents moved here and she had married, moved to Loveland and had children of her own before her parents passed away and she inherited “Jack & Elsie’s Place”. She rented out the storefront to a series of miscellaneous businesses that have included: a vegetable stand, a yarn shop, a baseball trading card shop and lastly an Antique Store.

The former storefront is connected to the main house living room. For the first 10 years PVH used it as a dining room / meeting room. Once the storefront-turned-dining-room was even used for a week long seminar training volunteers who flew in from other states to learn to dig and maintain water wells in 3rd-world countries. This former storefront, extension to the main house has had no commercial use since the property purchase in 2001.

The Storefront is the flagship feature of the property and a people-magnet. It is so charming, that hardly a day passes when someone does not come by to commend the restoration and inquire about a tour.

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Prospect Valley Hospitality, Inc.
10400 W. 38th Ave. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-4010
303 722-5835
info@ProspectValley.com   www.prospectvalley.com

The Mission of Prospect Valley Hospitality is to provide inter-denominational, supportive, loving, comfortable accommodations free or under market value, to Christian, non-profit workers visiting the greater Denver, Colorado region in the U.S.A.

People devoting themselves to benevolent work, who need short term housing, do not have to sign leases or devote precious resources to buying furnishings.  They step into this unit equipped with daily necessities and concentrate on the great things they accomplish across the globe.

In recent years we’ve hosted a family who made medical clinics for indigent people in Mexico, a family who works with the youth of Israel feeling the strain of compulsory military straight out of high school, people from Prague, Czech Republic and have a booking from Columbia for people who work with children rescued from sex trafficking.

The great service of PVH could not be offered without the support of our volunteers, prayer partners and financial contributors.  We’d love to have you be part of the exciting things being done at Prospect Valley Hospitality.

Volunteer Application


Address: _______________________________________________________

Phone #___________________   Cell phone # _________________________

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E-Mail address __________________________________________________

Volunteer Interest:_______________________________________________

Time Commitment:    Day(s):_________________   Time:________________

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Volunteer Needs

General Gardening  _____      Adopt 1 of 38 small flowerbeds   ___________

Welcome, Airport pickup _____      Speakers Bureau ______

Maintenance & repairs:   Painting _____,   Plumbing _____,   Electrical ____

Weekly Chapel cleaning (dusting & sweep) ______,   sweeping walkway _____

Weekly clean Missionary porch  _____      Develop/Maintain Database ______

Setting up speaking engagements & tours _____  Prayer Partner _______

Financial Support  @ $15.00 a month _____, or one time donation ________.

Please return this application with a copy of your Driver’s License or ID attached.  It can be dropped off or mailed to PVH, 10400 W. 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-4010 (or scanned and e-mailed to info@ProspectValley.com)

PVH Provides these loving accommodations at an 1872, historic property with gardens, pond, gazebo, Garden Chapel, picnic area and parking.  All of which needs volunteers to maintain.  Thank you for your interest

Prospect Valley Hospitality
Volunteer Work
Waiver of Liability

I am voluntarily participating in activities at Prospect Valley Hospitality at 10400 W. 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, Co 80033.  The activities may include, but are not limited to yard work, painting and other kinds of maintenance tasks.  While risk is minimal and all authorized tasks are those associated with regular home and garden upkeep, I do realize that injury can occur due to my own negligence of safe behavior or accidental injury associated with physical activity.

I am participating in this activity entirely at my own risk.  I assume all related risk both known and unknown to me, of my participation in volunteer work at Prospect Valley Hospitality including travel to, during, and from this activity.  I release liability and hereby waive any and all rights, claims or causes of action of any kind what so ever, arising out of my participation in activities at Prospect Valley Hospitality.  I waive my claims for myself and anyone acting on my behalf and hold harmless Prospect Valley Hospitality and anyone acting on its behalf, including successors and other volunteers.

In the event that I should require medical treatment I understand that those expenses will be my own and that I should carry my own medical insurance.

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