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Cripple Creek

Help in Identifying photos

My family and I visited the Cripple Creek area in the late '60s, and then again in '73, '75 & '84. During these trips we took loads of photos - most are color slides. I'm 72 years old now and have begun a project to digitize our vacation trips to the West (We are Easterners). Unfortunately, one's memory seems to fade when it comes to exact names of locations, etc. I wish I had made better notes now so that I can properly denote my digitized photos. (I'm doing this for my kids who were young back then). The Cripple Creek/Victor Mining District is (was) quite an interesting and unique place to us is is evident by our many returns. Each time we came, we brought neighbors in camper carivans with us nd camped at the old Hospital.

What I'm asking is for some limited assistance in identifying certain buildings, etc.

1. There is one building on the right of the rooftop fire lookout building in Cripple Creek. I can see it has a name inscribed near the roofline but cannot make it out completely. Looks like "Sneall & Co 1896". Can you tell me wht it really says?

2. There was a mining mill? on the right as one travelled from Cripple Creek towards Victor. It had a very long sloping metal roof. Seems like I remember it being Carlton, or Anaconda. Is either correct?

3 There was an almost new structure that I have an unmarked slide of that I believe was vert near the structure in # 2 above. Do you have any idea what this my be?

4. On my slide listings I have a listing for a "Church of Christ Scientist" building in Victor. None of my slides have this marking, but I believe it to be a building I have pictured that looks like it was intended to look "Greek" with several large colums in front. Is this it?

5. One trip we took a mine tour down into a mine that I have marked as the "Molly Kathleen". I can't seem to find it listed now. Has this mine changed names, or was I wrong with the name?

When I am through, I would be happy to share my digitized photos with you either over the internet or on a CD/DVD. They are turning out to be fairly good photos to be from color slides and negatives that are over 30 years old.

Again, Thanks for any help you might give.

Bill Burdette
Lauderdale, MS

2 Answers

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Padova

Hello I visited the same area last August with my partner. He lived in Colorado before moving to Italy and he know the place very well.
I cant help you on the first bunch of question, he probably will, but we went to the same mine you visited, the Molly Kathleen and it was a awesome tour.
here is the site of the mine

I really liked to see those places, Viktor was even better than Cripple Creek, we went to a place there for lunch, it was a very american experience for me as it does look like italians imagine an american bar looks like, I was expecting a bunch of bikers to show up any minutes, unfortunally it was raining cats and dog so I was disappointed about that :-)

I have tons of picture I took during my trip but I havent get around to build my VT pages about that trip yet. let me know if you want to see something, I can easily find it and publish here.

I would really like to see your old photos, so please do not get away from VT, this is a great place to share travel experience and learn about others. I use it a lot either to plan my trip or to dream about where I would like to go. Beside there are a lot of very nice people here to meet.

Happy travel

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Padova

Hello Willy,
I have pages on Cripple Creek on VT. take a look and maybe they will help you. I lived in Colorado Springs during my youth but I do not know the names of the buildings, etc. Further, you were there at a special time as later on the state voted to give three towns the ability to have gambling. Cripple Creek was one of them and soon after the town changed, growing, and becoming overcome with gamblers, mostly old people who come up on buses, etc. to do slot machines. Many of the small shops were bought out and made into casinos.
also camped at the hospital, one night in a lightning storm. My aluminum tent poles did not attract lightning but I was very scared that night.
kathleen is still there and very much in business. the tour is better now as they show more things about mining. i have a video on the tour on VT.
it will be difficult for anyone to identify any mining mills, etc. as there are a lot of them. the same as it was then. Falling down and old...and looks quite unique.
another mine has opened for tours...i have not taken that tour.
before gambling the mine owners wanted to just make the whole mountain a huge strip mine as there is more gold left there than has been taken out. and it is important to know that cripple creek brought out more gold than was every brought out in the california sierras, so that is a lot of gold.
What stopped them, besides the gambling..., is that a mine in southern Colorado, called Summitville, and it had a leak in the poisonous fluid used to extract gold and it killed the whole river down to Alamosa and the Rio Grande. It has not come back to life, yet, after more than 35 years.
Anyhow, Cripple Creek is still very nice, and has been fixed up to look shiny and pretty. The museum is still a good one, and they have a short railroad ride using a steam locomotive.
Maybe if you see my photos on VT about Cripple Creek you can see something that can help you. Take a look. Best of luck. Dave

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