Cripple Creek, Colorado

IMG_1097Teller County Seat, Cripple Creek was incorporated in 1892. About 1,200 people call this town home. In 1890 Bob Womack discovered gold in the area and the last gold rush in Colorado began. Soon After, the Independence Lode was discovered in the region, known as one of the largest gold strikes in history.IMG_1096Substantial Court House. Colorado voters legalized gambling in the area in 1991 so that is the towns main source of revenue today.IMG_1090Cripple Creek suffered significant loss in two fires in 1896, the town was rebuilt in several months so most structures in town are from that year. By 2005 over 23.5 million troy ounces were removed from the district. There are still large scale mine operations in the area.IMG_1092Bikers were gathering for an event on their way to Sturgis. I went to one antique store but did not see anything that spoke to me. I received several options for a burger but did not make my decision until a couple members of local law enforcement suggested Maggies. IMG_1098Maggies is attached to a casino but you could not hear slot machines.IMG_1103I ordered Maggies namesake burger which was a nice pile of produce, 1/2 pound pattie, bacon and avocado. Served promptly by attentive staff.IMG_1105I was pleased to be joined by my mother as we explored some off the beaten path byways.

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