Gold Mining, Cripple Creek, and Victor, CO…

July 26, 2014

We set out to explore the mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor, CO, and hopefully find cooler temperatures. In this small area between the two towns, there were over 500 gold mines back during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. The crumbling remains and tailings piles from these mines are visible today, scars across the hillsides and mountains. Most of the fir and spruce trees were cut to use for railroad ties and wooden buildings in the towns. The hillsides were cleared so completely that the forests did not come back…

Upon reaching Cripple Creek, we first stopped by the Mining Heritage and Information Center… Great museum, bursting with old photos, newspaper articles, displays, a model of a vertical mine, mining artifacts… We left when I noticed the sky had turned charcoal gray. But, first, we hurriedly ate our picnic lunch at a nearby table.

We drove around Cripple Creek and enjoyed the historic district of town…

When it started to rain, we packed up and drove on to the nearby town of Victor, CO. Again, there are so many historical buildings in this town. Driving through town on the main street, it was easy to imagine living there back in the day, except for the cars 🙂 We drove up and down the side streets,

enjoying the Victorian homes and architecture. I wanted to tour the Mollie B Mine, but the weather worsened and it was time to go “home.” (Home is wherever our RV is parked!)

I was taking a last photo in Victor when a lightning bolt hit so close I jumped and never did get the photo. We heard on the news that evening that the historic Western Federation of Miners Union Hall was hit by lightning and burned… A beautiful old building I had photographed earlier that day…

Western Federation of Miners Union Hall, Victor, CO

Western Federation of Miners Union Hall, Victor, CO

About Holly Ritger

I am retired, enjoying being a grandmother, traveling to National Parks and other interesting places in our RV with my husband of 43 years, and visiting with friends and family. Hobbies: photography, learning about wildflowers and birds, and trees, and reading from my kindle.
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2 Responses to Gold Mining, Cripple Creek, and Victor, CO…

  1. Love the history of the gold mining and the historic buildings in town. So glad the lightning missed you!


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