Vice-presidential nominee Teddy Roosevelt visited
Victor in September of 1900. The Rough Rider was run out
of town by an angry mob but returned later to accept apologies and to
speak at Victor’s Gold Coin Club. That event will be recalled as
Roosevelt, portrayed by Don Moon of Colorado Springs, will appear at the
Gold Coin Club Saturday, Sept. 6 as a fundraiser for Victor Lowell
Thomas Museum. The event includes a bully reception, silent Teddy Bear
auction and the presentation. Teddy bears were named after Teddy
Roosevelt who refused to shoot an old, defenseless bear as part of a
Roosevelt’s first trip to Victor was not the typical
political welcoming one might expect.
In 1900, Danny Sullivan, postmaster in Cripple Creek,
arranged for President William McKinley to send Roosevelt to the Gold
Camp to round up votes of Silver Republicans and anti-gold standard
Democrats. The details of Roosevelt’s trip are chronicled in Mabel
Barbara Lee’s 1984 book; “Cripple Creek Days.”
As the story goes, Roosevelt was feeling “bully” as
he climbed down off a train at about 3 p.m. in Victor. Standing close by
was a crowd of William Jennings Bryan supporters, who began shouting
insults and waving “Hang T.R.” banners. Bryan, the Democratic nominee,
was also campaigning in the District that year, running against
Sensing that the hostile crowd was not going to
settle down any time soon, Sullivan rushed Roosevelt two blocks to the
to the Victor armory hall where he was to give a brief speech. On the
way there, the hecklers waved placards, warning Roosevelt to get out,
and threatened to “tar and feather him” if he didn’t do so.
According to Lee, Roosevelt made it to the armory,
but the angry mob was still in pursuit, and “started
throwing rocks, sticks and tin cans.” Sullivan was able to get Roosevelt
back on the train and he continued on his trip to Cripple Creek.
In August of 1901, Teddy rode the Short
Line Railroad over the scenic route which is now known as Gold Camp
Road. At one point near Rosemont, where travelers could see all the way
to Kansas, Roosevelt exclaimed: “This is the ride that bankrupts the
This time, Teddy was all welcomed to Victor with open
arms. He toured the Portland and Gold Coin mines. He dined with Gold
Camp heavy hitters Spencer Penrose, Irving Howbert, Jimmy Burns, and
Warren and Harry Woods. He also shook thousands of hands at a reception
in his honor and spoke at the Gold Coin Club.
The event is being sponsored by the Victor Lowell
Thomas Museum. Advance reservations are required and a maximum of 50
tickets will be sold. The event starts at 5 p.m. at the Gold Coin Club
on Diamond Avenue west of North 4th Street. For more
information and to make reservations click
or call 719-689-5509.
New Book Release -
& 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.