Cripple Creek is claimed to be the world's greatest gold camp. Ironically called Poverty Gulch at the time, gold was discovered in 1890 by Bob Womack. While a few mines are still active today, most of the gold stuck now days is at the casinos. Many of the stores and casinos occupy the original turn of the century buildings that have been remodeled to accomodate modern technology.
Walking down the mainstrip is like stepping back in time. There are a few flashy signs but for the most part the business community has done an excellent job in retaining the historic atmosphere.
I always have so much fun walking through Cripple Creek. One can't help but wonder what it must have been like during the town's peak. Sometimes, and don't laugh.... I swear I can almost hear the whisper of those long ago voices, the laughter in the saloons, the faint sound of horses, and if I close my eyes and concentrate real hard I might even catch the elusive scent of... gold!