Another little gem we stumbled on in Colorado. Cripple Creek is an old mining town, and happens to be where the Root Beer Float was created. The drive to the town is gorgeous, and once you get there, it’s like time has stopped. It’s like you’re back in an old mining town, with plenty of food, gambling, and alcohol. There may be little hotels as opposed to brothels, now, but it definitely has the feel of the old mining town.
There’s a reason this little booming town feels like a scene out of a western is because it pretty much is. Next to Cripple Creek is the even smaller town of Victor. Here, you can find the Cripple Creek and Victor Mine site, right next to an active mine. What do they mine? Gold!
Strolling the trails through the abandoned Cripple Creek & Victor Mine, while witnessing trucks go by just over the hill at the active mine site was interesting. Looking one way, story boards and the remains of mining equipment from 75 to 100 years ago tell of the history of the area.
Then, looking the other direction, you see dump trucks on the side of a mountain, and hear other machinery doing this….
Back in the day, miners used to live at the mine site. I snapped this through one of the windows (that are now covered with wire fencing to keep people out.
At one point along the trail – of which seemed to go on and on, but we didn’t notice until we started going back up hill– you can see Pike’s Peak in the distance. Unfortunately, clouds were rolling in, and it’s hiding behind the big cloud on the left.
All over the place, the fencing warned us where the line was between active mine site and historical site.
For a couple who watch “Gold Rush” religiously every Friday night, the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine was a great find. It also checked off my requirement of exploring a ghost town while out there! For more information, and for trail maps of the area, check out VictorColorado.com!
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