About Cripple Creek, Colorado
Cripple Creek, Colorado is the county seat of Teller County and it is best known for its mining and gambling riches. The city is a former gold mining camp located 44 miles southwest of Colorado Springs near the base of Pikes Peak. The Cripple Creek Historic District, which received National Historic Landmark status in 1961, includes part or all of the city and the surrounding area.
On October 20, 1890, Robert Miller “Bob” Womack discovered a rich ore and the last great Colorado gold rush transpired. Thousands of prospectors flocked to the Pikes Peak Region. Winfield Scott Stratton located the famous Independence lode, one of the largest gold strikes in history. Mining dominated the region – through its boom and bust cycles – for the larger part of a century.
Then Colorado voters allowed Cripple Creek to establish legalized gambling in 1991. Cripple Creek is currently more of a gambling and tourist town than a mining town. Casinos now occupy many of the historic buildings. Casino gambling has been successful in bringing revenue and vitality back into the area. It also provides funding for the State Historical Fund, administered by the Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, which is a significant source of historical preservation funding.
Are you thinking about visiting the area? Be sure to check out the Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway!
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