Molly Brown is a famous historical figure in Colorado for being a socialite, philanthropist and an activist. Nationwide, she is known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” because she survived the RMS Titanic when it sunk in 1912 and demanded that her lifeboat, Lifeboat 6, go back to look for survivors.
Denver, Colorado’s Historic Denver, Inc. saved Molly Brown’s house from demolition in 1970 and has since been restored. The Molly Brown House Museum is located just minutes walking distance away from the State Capitol in Downtown Denver. They offer 45-minute tours where visitors learn about Molly Brown’s life and the roles she played helping with women’s rights through establishing Colorado’s chapter of National American Women’s Suffrage Associations.
Molly Brown was born Margaret Tobin and was actually never called “Molly” during her lifetime but rather, “Maggie.” She was born to an Irish family and moved to Leadville, CO with her sister when she was 18 years old. From there, she is also famous for declaring that she married a poor man named Joseph Brown for love rather than marrying a rich man for money. Eventually, Joseph became wealthy due to his engineering efforts. This allowed Molly Brown to pursue her roles volunteering and being an activist, especially in Denver. In 1894 she became the charter member of the Denver Woman’s Club.
This is only a small part of the magnificent things that Molly Brown did during her lifetime. The Molly Brown House Museum covers almost her entire history and is a wonderful artifact of the 1880s Queen Anne Style architecture built in Denver. Take a step back in time and get to know the woman who was more than just a popular survivor of the Titanic.