The most famous resident of the 19th century was the noted gunfighter Doc Holliday. He arrived in the spring of 1887, seeking to use the local hot mineral springs to relieve his tuberculosis. He resided in the Hotel Glenwood, which was once located at the corner of Eighth Street and Grand Avenue. He dealt poker and faro in the saloons along Riverfront Street, but grew weaker with time. Doc Holliday died only a few months after he arrived and was buried somewhere in city limits. Although there is a tombstone for him in a local cemetery, no one knows the exact location of his remains. Visit the tombstone just seven blocks south of The Hotel Denver.
In the 1920's and early '30's, the Chicago gangster Diamond Jack spent considerable time in Glenwood Springs. Diamond Jack was quite a rabble-rouser in Glenwood. Once Jack got into an argument with a fellow who was a guest in a first floor room at The Hotel Denver. They argued in the lobby, and Jack had been drinking. Jack followed the guest, who ran into his room and closed the door. Diamond Jack shot him through the closed door and fatally wounded him. Jack was forced out of Colorado by his sentence in a trial for attempted murder. He was given the choice between five years of prison or leaving the state. When he chose to leave, it spelled a death, for he was soon killed by gangster opponents.