The Cripple Creek Mining District
Facts and Information
“World’s Greatest Gold Camp” - During the Cripple Creek and Victor gold rush of 1891-1903, combined with other mining operations over the past century, the district produced in excess of 19.28 million ounces of gold, most of which was recovered within 1,000 feet from the surface. The panoramic views from the Cripple Creek District are spectacular as the entire area is surrounded by the Sangre De Christo, San Juan, and Collegiate Mountain Ranges. The area is a popular tourist attraction with abundant wildlife, limited stakes gaming, and good access year round.
The first gold strike in the district was made by Mr. Bob Womack, which led to the development of the Gold King Mine, the COD, the Molly Kathleen and several other mines adjacent to the Providence properties. All of these mines followed the same Gold King basalt structure which is evident across the Tenderfoot Hill property.
- Located in the Pikes Peak Region less than one hour's drive from Colorado Springs.
- The mining area consists of approximately 15 square miles within the Diatreme of the Caldera.
- There were in excess of 512 mines (historically) registered in the district.
- In its heyday, about 60,000 people lived in Cripple Creek, Victor, Goldfield & surrounding areas - today this number is less than 1,800.
- 52 trains per day pass into and out of the District from Colorado Springs & Canon City.
- Mining in the district produced more than 21 Millionaires by 1900 - based on an $18 per ounce gold price.