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Cripple Creek

Step back in time - Cripple Creek, CO. The World's Greatest Gold Camp!
Meet Bob Womack. On first appearance he seems the typical turn-of-the-century cowboy. But this man made a discovery that changed history.

In October 1890, he discovered gold in Poverty Gulch (now Cripple Creek, Colorado), starting a rush that caught the attention of the world. The ore Womack dug from the earth sent the fever through thousands of souls and has created a National Park Service recognized National Historic District that draws tourists from around the world.
Old mine shafts, head frames and cabins still dot the landscape here in the high country behind Pikes Peak. Today gold mining is still in full swing as the state's largest open pit and heap leach project takes shape between Cripple Creek and Victor. Modern-day miners scoop ore-laden earth in gigantic trucks and haul it to the local gold processing plant, a far cry from the pioneer ways of Womack's time. Despite his discovery, Womack died impoverished. But the gold rush he started left a legacy that lives on today.

Cripple Creek is one of three Colorado cities to have limited-stakes gambling. While the golden history of Cripple Creek lures many, thousands also flock to Cripple Creek to try their luck at a different venture. Poker, blackjack and slot machines abound in the city's casinos. New and historic hotels are on line to help accommodate those who want to spend a few days taking in the scenery, feeding the donkeys and feeling the excitement of gambling. Restaurants and shops offer fine food and local art. Are you ready to discover the wealth Cripple Creek has to offer?

Bob Womack is ready to lead you down the path of adventure to The World's Greatest Gold Camp ...

There was always a reason to celebrate during the heyday of gold rush days in Cripple Creek. If there wasn't a huge gold strike to celebrate, there was the arrival of the newest railroad, stage, road, the mail delivery and, of course, the usual July 4ths and religious holidays.

Celebrations brought out the best in Cripple Creek, with red, white and blue buntings, banners, horse carriages and the Sunday's best clothes being donned for the occasion.
Today, the annual summer celebrations offer fun for all. The biggest Cripple Creek event is The Salute to American Veterans and Motorcycle Rally, the 7th largest Vet/Motorcycle rally in the United States held the third weekend of August. The town's traditional event, Donkey Derby Days, is always held the last full weekend of June. Nearby Victor holds Gold Rush Days every year, during the third weekend of July.

In addition, there are auto race hill climbs, art shows, fall aspen tours, casino special events and nearby nature hikes, rodeos, and craft shows.
Call 1-858-GOLD or email us for info on events schedules.

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