29. What’s up with the ‘a’?
The raised “a” in The Broadmoor’s name is the result of a copyright issue. The Broadmoor name was in use by the late 1800s, starting with Broadmoor Dairy in 1880, and thus was unusable. The issue was resolved by raising the “a” in Broadmoor, making the name unique and able to be copyrighted. Urban legend is more interesting, with a story that Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose rode his horse into the lobby of the Antlers hotel, owned by Gen. William Palmer’s estate, and offered to purchase it. After he was refused, he raised the “a” as a putdown to the Antlers, or so the story goes.
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