Descend into a historic gold mine. Chug through the wilderness in a steam locomotive. Step into a jail that has housed many an outlaw.
Cripple Creek’s historic attractions will turn back the clock in the coolest ways possible.
The Old Homestead House Museum
The Homestead House was once the most famous brothel in Cripple Creek. Owned and operated by Pearl DeVere, the opulent parlor bustled with activity and became known for impeccable service, high-powered customers and glamorous madams. At a time when $3 a day was considered a good wage for a miner, Pearl charged $250 a night, and got it. Today, the Homestead House is a museum that has been lovingly restored with velvet bedspreads and handmade furniture.
Victor Lowell Thomas Museum
The Lowell Thomas Museum is located in nearby Victor and celebrates one of the country’s most revered broadcasters. Thomas made his mark in radio journalism in a career that spanned 50 years and took him throughout the world. The museum is housed in a historic, two-story building filled with artifacts, books, exhibits and photographs that depict life in Victor from its earliest days to the heyday of gold mining.
Victor’s Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum
This rugged three-story museum does more than showcase tractors, vehicles and old pulleys and equipment–this museum is also a working garage. Visitors can watch a complex systems of pulleys and belts that power extremely large machines and equipment that would have been found in a large garage like this. An old blacksmith forge is complete with a hammer and anvil and still used at this garage today. Some of the vehicles on display are on loan to the museum; however, the large collection of tractors and equipment belongs to the curator of the museum–be sure to catch some of the great history and stories behind the impressive pieces on display!
World’s Greatest Gold Camp Historical Tour
Starting June 3, 2017, a brand new Historical Tour of the Gold Camp begins for the Summer. Check-in is at the Train Car Welcome Center in the Cripple Creek District Museum parking lot. This hour and forty minute tour aboard one of the Cripple Creek trolleys gives a comprehensive look into the important history of the towns of Cripple Creek and Victor and also provides a look at gold mining, both past and present. The tour is guided by the Cripple Creek Victorian Society and there are appearances by key historic people throughout. Don’t miss this incredible journey into the historic past of the Pikes Peak region.