A run up through Victor to Cripple Creek. During the peak of mining operations, Victor had 18,000 residents. I think now it runs something less than 400. In 1899, the downtown burned down in five hours. Not sure if this was the opium den fire or not. The town quickly rebuilt with the brick you see today. When they went to lay a foundation for a new hotel, they found rich ore and put a mine in instead. I think this is the mine. Tunnels for the mine ran under the town. Other mine works. When Victor was cooking back in the day, they had two trolleys running in the area (also three trains). They had 6 churches and 48 saloons too. 20 doctors, 15 attorneys, and 12 labor unions were also part of the program. This hotel was built right after the 1899 fire. Jack Dempsey (the fighter) was a miner here. He used to practice boxing at the fire station. Lowell Thomas (the broadcaster) is also from here. Soapy Smith (the con artist) ran some kind of promotion or scam here. A mine at Victor. Looks like someone is getting ready to blast some rock. As we rode into Cripple Creek, the satellite radio station I was listening to coincidentally played "Up on Cripple Creek" by The Band. If you want to tour an old mine, check out the Mollie Kathleen. This mine goes down about 1,000 feet and ran nearly continuously until 1961. Nearby heritage center. Cripple Creek is a casino town now. Reminds me a lot of Deadwood. They had some nasty labor disputes here with the miners. For the first time in history, the Governor called out the National Guard in the 1890s to protect the striking miners from the mining companies and the goons they hired. By 1903 that had been reversed and the National Guard was protecting the mining companies touching off the Colorado Labor Wars. They are proud of this old fire station. This guy felt like an ass because he was holding up traffic.