On our way to South Dakota we opted to visit the town of Cripple Creek, Colorado. This is both a mining town and tourist town. It has some historic hotels and casinos within the downtown area. One of the treats of this town is the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad.
While the railroad has a history that dates back to 1894, it has been carrying passengers through the countryside since 1967. The gift shop doubles as a souvenir palace and the ticket office. This is the simple train yard where you will board your train.
This was our colorful and elegant engine for our ride this day. Just a beautiful machine.
This was our engineer for our trip who doubles as our trip narrator as well. I apologize that I don’t remember his name but he was full of information to share with us on a fascinating trip.
As we start out on our journey we pass behind the Cripple Creek District Museum. We did not visit the museum on this trip.
Along the way there is an assortment of mining equipment that decorate the countryside. This is still a prospering mining town.
Continuing on we got a really nice view of the town of Cripple Creek. Look quickly as there is a limited time to see it before you get into the hillsides.
The view is gorgeous. On a nice day (like this one) you can see for miles. If you look closely in the middle left you can see one of the small mining operations still in operation.
Towards the end of the trip you start to see this large mountain with no trees come into view. There is a reason for this.
At the end of the line you get to Victor. I call this Victor Gold Mountain because I can’t find another name for it. It is the largest mining operation in Colorado and for a good reason. According to our engineer and narrator there is something like a trillion dollars worth of gold under this mountain.
Warning: At the end of the line they stop on a trestle so you can take in the view. While the view is amazing, the lack of seeing ground underneath the train can be a little unnerving to those afraid of heights (like us). That may explain why our fingers got into the shot.
Back to firmer ground we get to see some of the old mine shafts that have been mined out.
There is a lot of history left in these hills from those that came to seek their fortune. I think it gives a rustic addition to the natural beauty of this country.
This is a great little town to visit. Lots of history, scenic views, rides, and casinos. We had a great time here.
The only issue we had was that my wife had a hard time with the altitude. Cripple Creek sits at nearly 9500 feet above sea level. Surprisingly we found that a nearby convenience store was actually selling cans of oxygen for those that need a little boost.
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