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.
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.
National Historic Landmark
Colo. Hwy. 67, includes the entire commercial and residential area, Cripple Creek