Colorado Ghost Town Photography - Cripple Creek, Colorado

May 23, 2019Posted by Webmaster

 

Cripple Creek, of course, is no ghost town. It is included to cover more completely the area's history. Discovering riches in 1876 in Poverty Gulch, Bob Womack staked his first claim in 1886. By the end of 1893 there were 150 active mines in the area. On April 29th, 1896, a fire destroyed much of the business district. At the time, nearly 5000 of the estimated 16000 population was left homeless. The Saturday fire was followed by another major fire the following Wednesday, this time involving a boiler explosion and 700 pounds of dynamite. The town was rebuilt of brick.

Today, the main street is lined half with modern casinos, and half with older era buildings converted to Casinos. In one building in November 2007, a sign was up claiming to be the place the root beer float had been invented, however this was closed as of Feb 2009. A three building walkthrough museum, train ride, and the Mollie-Kathleen mine tour make this a good place to find something to do.

Updated : Added 8 pictures of historic interest from my 06-17-09 visit.

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Although this train engine is from Argentina, this does take the travelers past many abandoned mines, the town of Anaconda, and offers a pleasant hour excursion around the area.
Camera Used: CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD EX-Z40
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Date Taken: 2007:07:21 10:26:02        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

Add Image to Cart View Cart / Checkout Magnify Image Although this train engine is from Argentina, this does take the travelers past many abandoned mines, the town of Anaconda, and offers a pleasant hour excursion around the area.



The historic museum in Cripple Creek was once a ticket office for the original train.
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Add Image to Cart View Cart / Checkout Magnify Image The historic museum in Cripple Creek was once a ticket office for the original train.



This mine is behind one of the historic buildings in town near the east side of the main street.
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Date Taken: 2007:07:21 10:34:31        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

Add Image to Cart View Cart / Checkout Magnify Image This mine is behind one of the historic buildings in town near the east side of the main street.



The white building is one of the few remaining buildings on this street of historic value. It was a famous bordello, of which local gift shops still sell era tokens one would cash in at this location.
Camera Used: CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD EX-Z40
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Date Taken: 2007:07:21 10:35:08        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

Add Image to Cart View Cart / Checkout Magnify Image The white building is one of the few remaining buildings on this street of historic value.  It was a famous bordello, of which local gift shops still sell era tokens one would cash in at this location.



Camera Used: Canon Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure Time: 1/320    Aperture: f/4.0    ISO: 80
Date Taken: 2009:06:27 12:29:13        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

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Camera Used: Canon Canon PowerShot S5 IS
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Camera Used: Canon Canon PowerShot S5 IS
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Date Taken: 2009:06:27 12:32:16        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

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Camera Used: Canon Canon PowerShot S5 IS
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Date Taken: 2009:06:27 15:27:45        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

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Camera Used: Canon Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure Time: 20/10    Aperture: f/3.5    ISO: 80
Date Taken: 2009:08:11 22:04:06        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

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Christmas lights in November on the main street.
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Exposure Time: 4/10    Aperture: f/2.7    ISO: 80
Date Taken: 2007:11:24 06:35:15        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

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