The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum will be open Nov.
23, 29, and 30 as well weekends until Christmas for shopping. The gift
shop offers unique gifts that cannot be found elsewhere: local gold ore
and core samples; souvenir silver coins, post cards, photos, and prints
of local mines, and books by local authors.
Unique gifts include fine gem and Victorian
jewelry, hand bags, recipe towels, leaded glass boxes, crystals, kids
hard hats, Lincoln Logs, stuffed donkeys and teddy bears, Victor
T-shirts, as well as a variety of new, used, and rare books.
A museum membership is also a great way to gift a
friend or family member. Memberships range from $40 per year on up and
provide free admission and gift shop discounts.
Anyone who makes a $20 purchase in the gift shop
will receive a free Christmas stocking with goodies inside (while
Visit VictorColorado.com for more information.
cribbing logs from the historic Mary McKinney Mine will go on sale to
the public Nov. 14 and 15.
The Mary McKinney Mine was founded in May of 1891
and produced almost $6 million in gold at 1932 pricing. The large
cribbing wall was built to prevent the mine’s dump rock from falling
onto the railroad bed. As part of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining
Company’s permitted operations extension and ongoing effort to save
historic structures in the mining district, logs from the decaying Mary
McKinney crib wall were utilized by CC&V’s in the realignment of Highway
67, between Victor and Cripple Creek, to preserve a portion the landmark
and construct a scenic overlook of the Arkansas River Valley. Other logs
from the wall were donated for use to the city of Victor, Colorado and
other nonprofits for smaller landscaping projects in the area.
Over 1,000 of these historic logs remain and will
be made available for sale to the community at only $10 per log with all
proceeds being given to the non-profit Victor Lowell Thomas Museum.
Although they vary in quality and are not
guaranteed as to their structural integrity, these logs have historical
character and could be used to make distinctive retaining walls and
landscape improvements that relate to the district’s mining heritage.
They vary in dimension ranging from 9 inches to 12 inches in diameter,
with lengths from approximately 6 feet to 12 feet. Due to years of
exposure to the elements, the logs are weathered and very heavy.
These logs will be sold on Friday, November 14, and
Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a site near CC&V’s
Ironclad Operations Center Site northeast of Cripple Creek. From Highway
67 take Teller County Road 82 to the Intersection with the Ironclad
Access Road (from Teller County Road 81, take Teller County Road 82 to
the same intersection). This intersection is near the historic Hoosier
Mine Complex above Cripple Creek. Signs will be posted at the
intersection - follow the gravel road for less than one mile to the site
located on the right hand side of the road.
Cash buyers only will be allowed to purchase as
many logs as will fit on one trailer or in one pickup truck (one load
per buyer so they can be spread throughout the community). Buyers will
be required to sign security and liability waiver forms and must load
their own logs. For safety purposes, hard hats and safety glasses will
be required and loaned at the site. Also, all buyers must wear
appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes, and bring gloves.
Please note that if this sales event is canceled due to weather,
or if the log inventory sells out, a voice message will be left on the
following number. For more information, call Brad Poulson at
719-689-4052 or email
& Cherry Hunter Mining History Book Released
The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum celebrated the
release of a new book by local mining historian Ed Hunter and his artist
wife Cherry on Friday,
The new book features the mining history art of Cherry Hunter
and Ed’s descriptions.
The book release reception was held at the VLT Museum
with Liz Hunter-Ball and Kim Sailor-Hunter and many friends attending.
Reservations for the new book are available... Click
here for details.
Walk Through Time Victor Sunnyside Cemetery
Victor Steampunk Festival
Feb. 21 - 7-9 p.m. Who Goes There? Paranormal Investigation of the VLT
Feb. 22, 2014 Steampunk Events....Battle for Power in Cripple Creek &
Victor 11 a.m. Gold Coin Club
Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. CC&V Modern Mine Tours - Max. 13 per van.
Tours will be held weather allowing,
Vans leave from the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum.