Although safe here from political enemies, the Count and Countess, who settled first in California before coming to Colorado, lacked the wealth they had enjoyed in Europe. The Count became an barber and his wife took in laundry; soon, however, they opened one of Auraria's first hotels, a two-story log cabin called the Eldorado. Horace Greeley was among the hotel's early guests.
The Murats lived the rest of their lives in Colorado and are buried in Denver's Riverside Cemetery.
Countess Katrina (Catherine) Murat. Courtesy History Colorado.