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-of-
the-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
353 Myers Avenue • 719-689-9090 • OldHomesteadHouse.com
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.
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