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Jul 15, 2013 - Cold, Foggy, Rainy Train Ride

From Falcon Meadow Campground – Falcon, CO Located on the southwestern slopes of Pikes Peak are the gold mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor which combine to make up the Cripple Creek & Victor Mining District. In prehistoric times this area was volcanic creating the rich underground deposits that made this mining district famous. The Colorado Gold Rush occurred about a decade after the California Gold Rush. “Pikes Peak or Bust” became the call of prospectors that flooded the mountains. The easy to reach gold deposits in the area...

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Home Sweet RV - 2013

Sep 19, 2012 - Garden of the Gods

9/19 Took a horseback ride through Garden of the Gods park today. I love red rock, and the park did not disappoint. Our guide Joe, who looked like and sounded exactly like our nephew Brad, was great. My horse was Maverick and Jack had Thor, they were both good rides. But when we got to an area and Joe said, “OK were going to go down this stone step as practice for the “big step”. Well, the practice step sure looked like a big step to me. We had follow very specific rules to get the horses down the step. Lean way back, loosen the reins, and...

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Sep 19, 2012 - Gold Mine

9/18 We drove over to Cripple Creek, several people had recommended it, thanks Linda and John. It’s an old mining town turned Wild West gambling town. All the old buildings have been converted to small casinos and restaurants. As much as I love to play slots, the best part of the trip was taking a tour of a working gold mine. Behind the mine is a late 1800’s sawmill and a steam powered tractor. For the tour, you are taken down 1000’ in a small cage that was about 3’x4’. They packed 6 of us in there, and one couple that were over 250 pounds...

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Aug 30, 2012 - Cripple Creek & more from Co

We had another great day in Colorado. We are only here for a few days so we are cramming a lot into the next few days. I love the small towns and their history. We drove over to Cripple Creek to visit the little gold mining town. We could have got there by way of HIGHWAY, but it is always more fun to drive threw a small narrow road with great views. Oh did I mention it was only 26 miles and an altitude of just over 9000 feet, and tunnels!!!!! The small trail we took was Phantom canyon on the Gold Belt Byway; Great drive. We were told not...

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Jul 30, 2012 - Cripple Creek

Took off for the day after a few days getting caaught up on wash, cleaning, etc. Went to Cripple Creek area to fish. It was a great day, caught some browns near the dam on the South Platte River in 11 mile canyon. !!! Usual afternoon rains came and we headed back to Mountaindale.

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Jul 14, 2012 - Cripple Creek & Victor

Cripple Creek, and its nearby sister town of Victor, were the last of the Colorado 1800s gold mining towns. Robert “Bob” Womack, a local cowboy who claimed previous mining experience and always claimed there was gold around Cripple Creek, finally located a rich ore deposit near his cabin October 20, 1890 and a gold rush was on. Though over $500,000.000 worth of gold was taken from five mines located adjacent to Womack’s cabin, he died penniless. The story is that Womack was a known gambler and favored his liquor and that he sold his claim...

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Feb 21, 2012 - Ice Festival & More

I finally have the computer back, after spending $82 for a new keyboard and installation, I am back in business. The hardest part was waiting days for the keyboard to arrive. I have a lot of catching up to do, please be patient with e-mails etc. We visited Cripple Creek for the awesome Ice Festival. The festival theme for 2012 is “Military Salute Carved in Ice.” It was incredible! They even had a ice slide for the kids. The town was packed. We have never seen so many people in Cripple Creek. It was hard to get pictures without people in...

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Jan 21, 2012 - Heritage Center

We visited the Cripple Creek Heritage Center for information about the area, and were totally surprised. It is much more than a just a visitors center. It is more like a museum. It is a new state-of-the-art interpretive center with a lot of information about gold mining with displays that showcase captivating historic photography, flora and fauna, the area’s world-class dinosaur discoveries and Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. It is a 11,600-square-foot facility built in a style that is reminiscent of historic Cripple Creek. It has three...

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Dec 10, 2011 - Christmas Parade

Today we checked out of the Victor Hotel and drove about 7 miles over to Cripple Creek. We shopped at the Sugar Plum Gift Shop and the Christmas Bazaar and bought a few ornaments with painted donkeys. The theme for the Christmas celebration is "Gold Camp Christmas Donkeys," and everything from the parade to the holiday Butte Theater show featured Christmas donkey friends! We have not seen a single donkey on the streets yet, but have been told they have a lot of them roaming the town. :-) We were happy to find the perfect parking place right...

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Nov 3, 2011 - Cripple Creek, Colorado

We had another great day in Colorado. We drove about 55 miles to visit the little gold mining town of Cripple Creek. Jerry and I visited this town way back in the 80's with our young children. It sure brought back a bunch of great memories seeing it again. We are trying to pack a lot of sight seeing in the next week. We want Betty to see as much of this beautiful area as possible. We certainly picked the right location when we chose Mountaindale RV Park. It has to be one of the most incredible campgrounds we have ever stayed in. We have...

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Jul 24, 2011 - Gold Mine Tour

Today we started off by taking the "Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour". This was an amazing tour. We started off by descending 1,000 ft underground on their Vertical Elevator, where you had no room to move or barely breath. During the tour we were shown how miners mined for gold back in 1891 to present day. This is still and active mine. We experienced the sights and sounds of air powered mining equipment along with seeing a demonstration of how they used dynamite in the mines. We rode for a very short distance on an air powered man made...

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Jun 19, 2011 - Loop Drive

Happy Father's Day to me... Yes, my children actually called me. We were in Cripple Creek. I was driving straight downhill, through town, braking for a stop sign with the camera hanging out the window in one hand, the phone in the other hand and the steering wheel in my teeth... "Sorry Dear, can't talk right now!" (Click) Yes, I called her back. An hour later we were on a tour of the high-end brothel in town when Curt called. "Sorry son, can't talk now, I'm at the whorehouse!" No response... until... "Congratulations! Best Father's day...

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