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In October 1890, Bob Womack discovered gold in Poverty Gulch (now Cripple Creek, Colorado), starting a rush that caught the attention of the world. The ore Womack dug from the earth sent the fever through thousands of souls and has created a Nationa l Park Service recognized National Historic District that draws tourists from around the world. Old mine shafts, head frames and cabins still dot the landscape here in the high country behind Pikes Peak. Today gold mining is still in full swing as the state's largest open pit and heap leach project takes shape between Cripple Creek and Victor. Modern-day miners scoop ore-laden earth in gigantic trucks and haul it to the local gold processing plant, a far cry from the pioneer ways of Womack's time. Despite his discovery, Womack died impoverished. But the gold rush he started left a legacy that lives on today.

Location: Cripple Creek Colorado

Other History nearby:
(Colorado Springs) Air Force Academy Visitor Center
(Canon City) Canon City Municipal Museum
(Cripple Creek) Cripple Creek Mining District
(Colorado Springs) McAllister House Museum
(Canon City) Museum of Colorado Prisons
(Palmer Lake) Palmer Lake Historical Society

03/02 Coming to The Cripple Creek area
Denver Greek Festival Denver CO June14-17 Traditional Greek dancing by the Hellenic Dance Academy of Denver and music by Etho Ellas. There is plenty of homemade food and pastries from throughout Greece to satisfy any appetite.
Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival Breckenridge CO July13 This event offers brews, views and free live music and features unlimited beer tasting from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Winter Park Alpine Artaffair Winter Park CO July20-21 Featuring Fine Arts & Fine Crafts, Jewelry, Photography, Metalwork, Mixed Media, Pottery, Painting, Glass, Wood, Fiber and More.
Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival Keystone CO August3-4 Down-home cooking, frothy flavors and mountain music are just a piece of the pie. In a whirlwind of hillbilly luxuries, folks gather while 30 microbreweries from Colorado and beyond showcase their unique blends of hops and barleys.
Lafayette Peach Festival Lafayette CO August17 500 fresh peach pies and individual servings of peach cobbler while supplies last, are available for sale at Festival Plaza and in front of the Main Stage near Lafayette Florist.
Great American Beer Festival Denver CO October10-12 Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in the format of a public tasting event plus a private competition.