On October 20, 1890, Robert Miller "Bob" Womack discovered a rich ore and the last great Colorado gold rush was on. Thousand of prospectors flocked to the region, and before long W. S. Stratton located the famous independence lode, one of the largest gold strikes in history. In three years, the population increased from 500 to 10,000 by 1893.
The Heritage Center was a beautiful three story building with an incredible view. The main floor told the story of Cripple Creek as a mining camp town.
The top floor had dinosaur bones and fossils.
Cripple Creek is 9494 ft. elevation. It was about 65 degrees when we were there about 1:00 pm. When we returned to the RV is was 85 degrees.