The giant headframes that remain as ghosts of 1890's gold mining days
will again light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek this
holiday season. These unique mining artifacts, also called gallows frames
by local miners, are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era.
Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against
the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek starting Friday
of Thanksgiving Day weekend.
A self-guided driving tour map will be available at the Victor Hotel at
4th & Victor Avenue as well as the Cripple Creek Welcome Center and
online at victorcolorado.com. The lights will be best viewed from public
roads around the district after dark
and will be in place Friday-Sunday nights in December through New Year’s
Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting.
This holiday lighting tradition is 16 years old and is sponsored by the
Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company, on whose property most of
the headframes are located. Volunteers staff the generators and line
power connections each weekend. Other sponsors include an anonymous
donor, Southern Teller County Focus Group and Cripple Creek Parks &
Recreation. Support also comes from Black Hills Energy crews who help
refurbish the lamps on the ornaments.
Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and Victor Hotel will also decorate for the
Make the trip an overnight get-away by booking a room at The Victor
Hotel or your favorite lodging in Cripple Creek and take in the
traditional holiday Butte Theater that show that features gold mining
legends, The Christmas Blaze. The holiday show opens Nov. 29 at
the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek.
For the outdoors minded, the Vindicator Valley, Little Grouse,
Independence Millsite, Golden Circle, Gold Camp and Battle Mountain
Trails are open to the public during days in the winter. Come prepared
to hike, bike, horseback ride in mountain weather. If there is enough
snow, the trails are open to cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
The Southern Teller County Focus Group and the Cripple Creek & Victor
Gold Mining Company invite you to visit the historic City of Mines for a
day, evening drive or weekend stay this holiday season to experience
part of our good old-fashioned holiday spirit.