Cripple Creek Travel Guide

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Cripple Creek Overview

Cripple Creek, named for a small steam in which a cow was supposed to have broken it’s leg crossing, began live when gold was discovered in 1890. The town quickly sprang up around that claim and the 100s of eventual others. In 1896 the town was almost completely burned to the ground when two separate fires took their toll.

The mining heyday lasted until the 1920s and at one time Cripple Creek was the 4th largest town in Colorado with over 25,000 people. Now it has only about 1100.

The main industry in Cripple Creek is now limited stakes gambling, followed by tourism. There are several casinos along Bennett Ave and more than a few hotels or bed and breakfasts in the general area. Cripple Creek’s elevation is 9500 ft above sea level, but sits in a sort of valley so it is somewhat sheltered from some of the worst weather.

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