City of Cripple Creek

Heritage

Cripple Creek HeritageThe historic town of Cripple Creek, Colorado sits on the southwest slopes of majestic Pikes Peak in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. More than 100 years ago, this charming community attracted tens of thousands of gold-seekers to its hillsides in search of their fortunes. The Gold Rush is part of Cripple Creek’s colorful history, and today, visitors can choose from a variety of heritage-rich experiences such as descending 1,000 feet into a historic gold mine or riding a steam locomotive.

Cripple Creek’s history extends back to the days of old, when mountain men explored the area and Native Americans lived off the land. The area would see many changes as the Gold Rush put Cripple Creek on the map. Soon, major transportation systems and railroads were developed and the gold camp grew. While World Wars and Labor Wars have aided in the decline in the number of mines currently in operation in Cripple Creek, visitors can visit the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold mine, which is still in operation today. In recent history, gaming was introduced into Cripple Creek in 1991 and has become one of the major industries of Cripple Creek.

Explore the rich heritage of Cripple Creek and discover for yourself the institutions and characters that made it so special.