Saturday, July 13, 2013

Cripple Creek, Colorado

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  Cripple Creek, at it’s peak, was a bustling city with a population of 10,000  miners, businessmen, speculators and their families. Today there are only about 1,000 fulltime residents. Although the mine on the mountains above the town is still active most of the 19th century buildings lining the main street, formerly stores, restaurants and bars, are now casinos. The facades have been carefully preserved but the interiors were gutted with connecting walls removed to enlarge the interior spaces.

  Eagle’s Landing RV Park is just a few blocks from downtown which is very convenient if you wish to walk around town. Most of the park is filled with permanent residents but there are spaces large enough for any RV.

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We also spent a night in the lot behind a casino on Meyers Ave. Some of the casino lots have signs forbidding overnight RV parking but this lot seems fine.

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  Cripple Creek is not a good town to visit in a wheelchair. The hills are very steep and the high altitude makes getting around even harder. Most of the casinos have several different levels because of the slope of the street. There may not be ramps between the levels so getting from one to another involves going out one door and back in another. If you want to gamble the Double Eagle Casino and the Wildwood Casino on the east end of town are best. The buildings are new and have fewer obstacles.

  We visited two museums. The Cripple Creek District Museum, which includes the old train station, two cabins, an assay office and a wooden store building that survived the 1896 fire. None of it is accessible due to steps and  narrow passages.

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The other museum is the new Cripple Creek Heritage and Information Center along Hwy 67 on a hill overlooking the town . It’s very well done and there’s no charge to visit. Everything is accessible. Visit on your way into town because you must turn right out of the parking lot which means driving all the way down the hill to turn around if you want to go north.

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  The visitor center, museum in town and the larger casinos have lots with room for RVs.  Cripple Creek

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8 comments:

  1. You guys are really seeing a lot of Colorado.

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  2. I was thinking the same thing about you guys and Michigan! It looks like you're having a great trip.

    Colorado's beautiful plus the weather in the mountains is perfect - mid to high seventies.

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  3. Hi Karen and Tony,
    Thought I would check in...needed a break from all of the research and Dream Storming I've been doing. I love the pictures and your evaluations of all the places you visit. I'm letting my mind wander into the future and loving every minute of it. Now I have to work on my next post which will address what to do with all of the results of the Dream Storming task I set us to do. Safe Journey to you both!
    'k'
    k&p Catalano
    http://pibbsdreamquest.com
    '♩♬♪♪♫♩Wouldn't you like to be a PIBBER too?♩♬♪♪♫♩'

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  4. Thanks K. Keeping dreaming- you'll get there! We just got your markers in the mail on Friday so keep an eye out for them.

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  5. Omg...you shouldn't have told me...now I feel like a five year old on Christmas Eve...
    I will treasure them dearly and share them freely!!!
    -k
    -of k&p
    -on pdq
    ♥out♥

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  6. just a test comment to activate email notification...I think I missed checking the right box on prior comments.
    (giggles at her own silliness)
    Take care!!!
    -k-

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    1. THEY CAME!!!!!!!They are here and they are beautiful!!!! So Bright, Colorful and Eagerly Waiting to be Un-Capped!!!!

      ♥Thank You♥
      -k-

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    2. You're welcome! Have fun with your project.:-)

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