We drove to the top of the American Eagles Overlook today. It is one of the most impressive views of the Cripple Creek/Victor Mining District, back dropped by the Continental Divide, near Victor, Colorado.
From the overlook, you look down into a portion of the massive Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company surface operations. We watched huge equipment extract ore from the caldera of the extinct volcano that made this area rich with gold.
The views were breathtaking, you can see Mt. Pisgah and the Collegiate & Sangre de Cristo mountains to the west as well as the historic town of Goldfield and Vindicator Valley to the east.
We also visited Goldfield, it is a ghost town from the 1880’s that once had a population of 3500 people, a few people still live there now. Some of the old crumbling homes in Goldfield looked like old boxcars. I tried to research and find out more about them, but couldn’t find any information.
We explored the 1895 mine complex - the overlook includes structures that once served as the Shifter’s Office, Superintendent’s House, Blacksmith Shop, the original Headframe and Hoist. Interpretive signs tell the story of mining processes and equipment. It was so cold, the wind was blowing and snow was falling. We didn’t stay long but we certainly enjoyed the awesome view. Another great day in Colorado, check back later for more.