Baby Doe Tabor

Colorful Colorado

The History Behind Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor

The history behind Baby Doe and Horace Tabor is more fascinating than fiction. Abandoned by her husband, pregnant, and working a gold mine alone, Baby Doe meets Horace Tabor, married and twice her age. Tabor, a postmaster and washed-up prospector, strikes it rich, buys dozens of silver mines, and is elected lieutenant governor and U.S. senator. In 1883, he scandalously divorces his wife and marries the beautiful Baby Doe in Washington D.C. with the president in attendance. Though society shuns them, the Tabors live an extravagant and charitable life, until the silver crash of 1893.

Rebecca Rosenberg, author of Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor, grew up in Colorado exploring old mines, ghost towns, and honky-tonks with her family, sparking her life-long love of the Rocky Mountains and obsession with the Tabors. Now, she lives and writes on her lavender farm in Sonoma, California. Her other books include The Secret Life of Mrs. London, Lavender Fields of America, Silver Dollar (2020), and Champagne Widows (2021).