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Cripple Creek District Museum 5th Street & Bennett Avenue • 719-689-2634 • Cripple-Creek.org Since 1953, the Cripple Creek District Museum has worked to preserve the history of Cripple Creek. Visitors can browse through three of Cripple Creek’s most historic buildings – the 1893 Colorado Trading & Transfer Building, the 1895 Midland Terminal Railroad Depot, and a turn-ofthe century Assay Office. A self-guided tour of the museum includes mining displays and exhibits, two Victorian apartments, an art gallery, an extensive mineral collection and more. Additionally, two historic, fully-furnished cabins have just been added to the museum’s displays. One cabin belonged to French Blanche Le Coq and has been furnished to be historically accurate. The second cabin has been furnished to represent the living space of a miner during the gold rush days. The Cripple Creek Jail Museum 136 W. Bennett Avenue • 719-689-6556 • VisitCrippleCreek.com Relive the outlaw days of the Wild West in one of the most popular Cripple Creek museums. In the late 1800s, the promise of an easy fortune lured people to the gold mines of Cripple Creek; in just ten years, the population grew from 15 to more than 50,000. Like every western gold rush town, Cripple Creek had more than its fair share of miscreants and troublemakers. Fortunately, a brave group of men swore to keep the outlaws in line. Learn their stories at the Cripple Creek Jail Museum, an informative museum filled with displays highlighting the laws and the lawless. Victor Lowell Thomas Museum POB 238, 3rd & Victor Ave. • 719-689-5509 • VictorColorado.com The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum houses two floors of artifacts, books, exhibits and photographs depicting life in Victor from its beginnings to the heyday of gold mining. Pan for real gold outside the museum and take a tour of a real, working gold mine. The museum also displays memorabilia once owned by famous journalist, author and world traveler, Lowell Thomas. The gift shop offers local history books, postcards, prints, posters and gold ore rocks, as well as unique jewelry and souvenirs. The museum is housed in an 1899 brick structure that once was a hardware store, hotel and furniture store, a unique step back into the gold rush era. Old Homestead Parlour House Museum 353 Myers Avenue • 719-689-9090 Welcome to the Homestead House – Colorado’s only bordello museum. Formerly the most posh parlor house on bawdy Myers Avenue, the Homestead offers an informative guided tour that is indeed family-friendly. Built by Madam Pearl DeVere in 1896, the Old Homestead had running water, electricity, a telephone, a full-service staff of chambermaids, housekeepers, a cook and even a musician! Ten rooms, including five bedrooms, are filled with original and period furnishings to give visitors a realistic look at life in a frontier brothel. The Homestead is open seasonally with special tours available during winter months. Cripple Creek 9


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