Cripple Creek


Cripple Creek
a town in central Colorado: gold rush 1891. 655; 9600 ft. (2925 m) above sea level.

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      city, seat (1899) of Teller county, central Colorado, U.S., overlooked by Mount Pisgah (10,400 feet [3,170 metres]). It lies west of Colorado Springs in a granite pocket 9,600 feet (2,925 metres) above sea level, at the edge of Pike National Forest. In 1891 gold was discovered in nearby Poverty Gulch by Robert Womack, a cowboy (who died poor), and in nearby Victor by Winfield Scott Stratton, a carpenter (who left a fortune of $20,000,000). Three railways reached Cripple Creek (whose name is of obscure origin) between 1893 and 1901.

      Disasters that early plagued the city included a devastating fire (1894) and labour disputes (1903–04) that resulted in violence and loss of life. After 1920 gold production declined and Cripple Creek became almost a ghost town. By 1960 the population (which had risen to 50,000 in 1901) had declined to fewer than 1,000. Tourism is now the city's economic mainstay, supplemented by a small amount of gold production (about 230,000 ounces a year in the late 1990s) and more than 20 casinos. Relics of Cripple Creek's heyday are on display at the Cripple Creek District Museum; the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad, which crosses the historic goldfield district, is a popular attraction, as is the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine tour. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (1969) is immediately northwest. Inc. 1892. Pop. (1990) 584; (2000) 1,115.

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