Colorado Ghost Town Photography - Cripple Creek, Colorado

March 31, 2020Posted 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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Downtown shot of Cripple Creek
Camera Used: Canon Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure Time: 1/800    Aperture: f/4.0    ISO: 80
Date Taken: 2009:06:17 19:14:59        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

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Camera Used: Canon Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure Time: 1/250    Aperture: f/4.0    ISO: 80
Date Taken: 2009:06:17 19:17:32        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

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Although not historic (well maybe tradition), Cripple Creek does an annual donkey days race during the summer, and ice carving in winter. Everytime you are in Cripple Creek, they are celebrating something with chainsaws.
Camera Used: Canon Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure Time: 1/125    Aperture: f/3.5    ISO: 100
Date Taken: 2008:06:28 19:08:49        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

Add Image to Cart View Cart / Checkout Magnify Image Although not historic (well maybe tradition), Cripple Creek does an annual donkey days race during the summer, and ice carving in winter.  Everytime you are in Cripple Creek, they are celebrating something with chainsaws.



Cripple Creek looking east from the west end during the Donkey Days celebration.
Camera Used: Canon Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure Time: 1/160    Aperture: f/3.5    ISO: 80
Date Taken: 2008:06:28 19:09:14        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

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On the left, an old train depot (not the museum, another one), and on the right an old train car.
Camera Used: Minolta Co. Ltd. Dimage 2300
Exposure Time: Unavailable    Aperture: f/6.9    ISO: 85
Date Taken: 2000:01:06 10:00:37        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

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Front of the museum.
Camera Used: Minolta Co. Ltd. Dimage 2300
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Date Taken: 2000:01:06 10:00:50        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

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Camera Used: Minolta Co. Ltd. Dimage 2300
Exposure Time: Unavailable    Aperture: f/13.4    ISO: 85
Date Taken: 2000:01:06 10:02:35        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

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Cripple Creek, looking northeast. The partly wooded knob on the left is Rhyolite Mountain. Just beyond the town are Mineral and Carbonate hills, Pikes Peak in background. September 18, 1903. Courtesy of USGS.
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Add Image to Cart View Cart / Checkout Magnify Image Cripple Creek, looking northeast. The partly wooded knob on the left is Rhyolite Mountain. Just beyond the town are Mineral and Carbonate hills, Pikes Peak in background. September 18, 1903. Courtesy of USGS.


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