Today I, Zeb the Duck, am taking mom and a friend to Cripple Creek, Colorado.
Cripple Creek is an old mining town in Colorado. And that is why we are here today. Our friend’s grandfather left Illinois and came to Cripple Creek about 1900. The family story says he had mine claims but did not become rich. In fact, he lost most of his money here. The family has a photo of him in Cripple Creek, wearing a bear skin coat, from a bear he shot. We are here today, looking for any records about Grandpa. First stop is the museum in Cripple Creek.
They used to have records available to the public, but not now. The very nice lady suggested we go the the nearby town of Victor to search for records. On our way to Victor, we stopped at the outdoor mining exhibit.
Wow. Did you read that?? The towns of Cripple Creek and Victor had a really huge amount of gold. More gold here than in the California and Alaska gold fields, combined. There were a few old gold mining machines here, but look at this huge tire.
You can hardly see me in this tire. What do they do with these giant tires?
Each tire weighs 3,270 pounds and costs $14,500. We will never complain about buying new tires for our cars again. There is now surface mining in this area. In Victor, we see that things have not changed much.
We love this sign. Let’s see what was happening in Victor during the gold rush.
Famous people here, Jack Dempsey, a famous fighter, Lowell Thomas, famous radio and TV commentator, and what?? Soapy Smith was here also. Isn’t this exciting? Soapy Smith was promoting bullfights. And fire station.
Buildings look the same as when they were built over 100 years ago. Here is the Lowell Thomas museum.
There is an entire section dedicated to Lowell Thomas. Also many interesting things from Victor and Cripple Creek. Isn’t this a cute church?
This is Friends of St. Victor Church. Next to the church I, Zeb the Duck, loved this grotto.
Of course, while in Victor we inquired about records from the mining days. They said they did not have any available, but to try Teller County Courthouse. So, back to Cripple Creek to Teller County Courthouse.
We were sent to three different offices and each person we spoke with was so nice. Everyone looked through the records in their office, but did not find anything we wanted. But the staff was so helpful and showed us what they did have and let us also look at the records. But, no records from Grandpa were to be found. The humans will have to think and decide if they have any other ideas of places to look. I would not be surprised if in the future we try again. Leaving the courthouse and heading for our car, we encountered some of the local residents.
They are descendants from the mining days and the working burros.
I love this burro. He is so relaxed and comfortable with humans and a rubber duck. Well, time to leave Cripple Creek, but we make one last stop. This is the famous, former brothel. The gray building on the right.
Pearl DeVere was the madame and although shunned by the good people of Cripple Creek, she was very generous, helping the children and the poor. During this time, miners earned about $3.00 per day. Pearl’s ladies received $250 per night, which included dinner with Russian caviar, and French champaign, and the company of the lady. And each gentlemen had to pass a personal and financial background check. We learned about Pearl a few years ago when we were here for the cemetery tour. Cripple Creek is a great town. We think you would enjoy a visit here.