Cripple Creek, Colorado
World's Greatest Gold Camp...
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Elevation 9494 ft.
Cripple Creek is located about 35 miles southwest of Colorado Springs on the western slopes of Pike's
Peak. In fact, there are great views of Pike's Peak and the surrounding mountains from many sites around
the city. Cripple Creek is often referred to as the "World's Greatest Gold Camp." Gold was first discovered
here in 1890 by a cowboy named Bob Womack who worked at a nearby ranch and prospected in his spare
During its boom the mining district had over 50,000 people living here and about 500 mines. Many of these
gold mines were multi-million dollar producers even back when gold was only worth about $30 an ounce.
One of the main streets in Cripple Creek is Bennett Avenue. Today, many of the old brick structures have
been renovated and house casinos, which have helped to revitalize the area as mining production has
decreased. There are still many non-casino shops and businesses, along with historic commercial and
residential structures scattered throughout the city, that were built in the 1890's. You can see many of these
by taking either a walking or driving tour.
|District Museum Old
|Cripple Creek Welcome Center
|Cripple Creek View from
|Community Park Statue
of Bob Womack
|Mt. Pisgah Cemetery
and Veterans Memorial
|Cripple Creek Eastside
If you are a history buff be sure and check out the Cripple Creek District Museum. It contains a wealth of
old furniture, clothing, artifacts, mine models that show all of the tunnels in some of the most famous mines,
mine pictures, many mining artifacts, and a great number of old pictures of Cripple Creek throughout the
years. If you are interested in mines be sure and take the Mollie Kathleen Mine Tour when you are in the
area. This is a wonderful mine tour that takes you 1,000 feet underground with a very knowledgeable guide.
There are still old mine headframes, mine tailings and old structures all around Cripple Creek and Victor that
you will see as you explore the area. Also, active gold mining still continues to this day, and the American
Eagles Scenic Overlook gives you a nice view of this operation.
After a day of exploring around Cripple Creek be sure and check out the Cripple Creek Soda Fountain. It
is an old time soda fountain with wonderful decor and an incredibly friendly staff. When we were there they
served Nathan's hot dogs in addition to fantastic ice cream, sodas and floats. Try one of their Mother Lode
Floats for a great ice cream float served in a jumbo glass mug. Don't miss the candy shop next door as it
has lots of old candies that many of us grew up with, but are now hard to find. Be sure and take a taste of
some of their great tasting fudge, and take some back to your cabin or hotel for an after dinner snack.
The Cripple Creek train ride is fun for the entire family and gives you a nice tour of Poverty Gulch where
many of the first mines began. The train operates from the old Bull Hill depot that was moved from Anaconda
to Cripple Creek many years ago. It is now located next to the old Midland Terminal Depot, which houses the
District Museum. The train departs about every hour and takes about 45 minutes for the four mile round-trip
between Cripple Creek, Colorado and the remnants of the old gold camp of Anaconda.
These pictures of the Cripple Creek area were taken on our family vacation, June of 2010. Enjoy!