One of the instant towns sparked by the gold rush lies just beyond Pike’s Peak. Cripple Creek was one of the most successful boomtowns of the late 19th century, producing $500 million in gold –more wealth than any other area on the face of the earth up to the year 1930. At its height, Cripple Creek boasted a population of 35,000 but in 1896, several major fires destroyed the town. It was rebuilt over the course of several months and most of the historic buildings still stand today. While mining is still in operation today, the now sleepy town now gets much of its revenue from gambling and tourism.
Our first stop in Cripple Creek was at the Heritage Center, situated atop a hill overlooking the historic downtown.
The Heritage Center offers 3 levels of artifacts and displays of Cripple Creek’s history. Donkey munchies can even be purchased there for the wild donkeys that wander through the town.
I think I work with that creepy guy. Pretty sure he’s from our Dallas office.
Cripple Creek Ghost Town Overview
- Address: 9283 CO-67, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
- Fees: FREE
- Hours: 8am – 7pm (changes by the season)
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