National and State Register

Cripple Creek Historic District

Teller County

The Cripple Creek mining district, originally pronounced worthless by mining experts, produced an estimated $400,000,000 in gold.  At its peak, there were over five hundred mines.

A view of one of the buildings in the district with arched windows and green awning in the front.

Cripple Creek Historic District (Bell Brothers Building, 1997 photograph.)

When fires in the late 1880s destroyed most the town’s original wood buildings, they were replaced with structures of stone and brick, many of which remain in place.  The property is associated with the Mining Industry in Colorado Multiple Property Submission.