CRIPPLE CREEK / VICTOR
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Note: Parts of the following are
reproduced with permission by
Cripple Creek Chamber of Commerce,
Victor Chamber of Commerce, & ZStudios.
"Thar's gold in them thar hills!" If that saying wasn't first spoken in the Cripple Creek/Victor area, it could have been. Cripple Creek is located on the Southwest side of Pikes Peak, with Victor just 6 miles down the road. (Mapquest)
In 1890, a cowboy by the name of Bob Womack found gold in Poverty Gulch, which later became known as Cripple Creek. It brought many men, and a few women, to seek their fortune. By the time mines such as the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine had quit being an active mine in the 1960's, an estimated $500,000,000 worth of gold had been found, making men such as Winfield Scott Stratton and the partnership of Charles Tutt and Spencer Penrose fabulously wealthy. Stratton and Penrose became benevolent benefactors supporting many less fortunate thru their respective organizations the Myron Stratton Home and El Pomar Foundation. Unfortunately, before things really took off, Bob Womack, as the legend goes, sold his claim for $500 and a bottle of liquor at a local saloon, and later died in poverty.
Always a destination for the tourist, the 1990's brought new prosperity when the towns of Cripple Creek and Victor gained the approval of limited gambling and casinos in Cripple Creek. Ironically, this was approximately 100 years after the original gold rush. The new visitors quickly found out about the beauty that surrounds the two towns, the wonderful Victorian architecture, the rich and infamous history preserved in the museums, and the many year round outdoor activities. Where else can you see a donkey derby running through the streets, and then take a drive down the Golden Loop Historic Parkway, or hike/cross country ski on the Trails of Gold 100 Years Long?
Cripple Creek has casinos, bed and breakfasts, hotels, museums, motels and cabins, RV parks and camping, vacation homes, historic trains, shopping, jewelers, schools, website designers, photographers, real estate, and restaurants.
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