New Walking Tours Offer Visitors a Chance to Discover the History of Downtown Victor
Step back in time and discover the history and stories of downtown Victor, Colorado.
Starting Saturday, July 16 during the annual Gold Rush Days event in Victor, the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum will begin hosting weekly walking tours of downtown. Meet at the museum at 3rd & Victor Ave. at 10:30 a.m. to take the tour with Victorite Alicia Petri. Learn about the history of the buildings and hear stories about the former residents of the 1890’s gold rush town.
These new and unique tours leave from the museum and last about 45 minutes. The cost is $5 per person and proceeds benefit the museum. All tickets are first-come, first-serve at the time of the tour. Groups are welcome with advance reservations. The tours will be offered each Saturday from July 16 through Labor Day weekend.
In addition to these events, the VLTM gift shop and gold panning trough are open daily through Labor Day.
Please see VictorColorado.com for information about the museum.
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Victor Lowell Thomas Museum Hosts Book Signing for Local Author
The shady side of history has been the focus of research for Victor author Jan MacKell Collins. Collins has just published a third book on the subject of red light districts in the West. The books put a human face on the hidden histories of prostitutes and the shady side of mining camps.
Collins’s latest book, Wild Women of Prescott, Arizona, tells the stories of shady ladies in the uncivilized territory of Arizona. Prostitution was a wide spread business in the West and often, as Collins found out in researching her latest book, some of the same paths crossed over into more than one camp. One such case was Lida Winchell, whose real name was Eliza Jane Crumley. Cripple Creek District historians will recognize the last name from the story about the shooting of mining mogul Sam Strong in the Newport Saloon on Bennett Avenue. As Collins found out, Lida is the niece of Grant Crumley who shot Strong in a gambling argument in 1901.
Both Victor and Cripple Creek had active Red Light Districts in the gold rush days and Collins has captured several of the true stories of those who conducted business in the brothels and cribs.
Book By Ed & 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, Aug. 23. 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 book are available... Click here for details.
Tour a Real Gold Mine from the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum
Experience mining old and new this summer and explore gold rush history past and present at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The Museum, which is has operated in its current location for over 50 years, will open Saturday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. and again be hosting tours of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company operations near Victor.
Modern mine tours will start May 29 at 10 a.m. from the Museum. These popular gold mine tours feature the modern mining operations of Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company, which is operated by Newmont Mining Company. Tour experiences will offer the chance to see giant haul trucks, shovels and drill rigs in action in the large surface mine between Victor and Cripple Creek, Colorado. Watch boulders being crushed into gravel and learn about the modern refining methods while helping to preserve the district’s 1890’s history - all tour proceeds go to the Museum to help offset operations and building renovation costs.
This summer the mine tours will be available May 29 through Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., daily except no tours will be held on Thursdays. In addition, tours are offered Sept. 11 and 12 at 10 and 1 p.m. Check VictorColorado.com for additional tour times and dates. The cost is $7.50 per person - an affordable way for the entire family to see a real working gold mine. Only children 5 years of age and older are allowed on the tours. Please be sure to reserve your tour dates (June is the slowest and the best time to make a reservation) as they are very popular and fill up quickly. June is the slowest and the best time to make a reservation.
Reservations may be made online at VictorColorado.com or by leaving a message at 719-689-4211 or starting May 28 at 719-689-5509. The maximum on each tour is 13. The best way to reserve a mine tour is online at VictorColorado.com – online reservations receive first priority.
In addition to the mine tours, you can step back in time and pan for gold at the museum. Panning is included in this year’s admission prices and is a great way to spend an hour in cool, sunny Victor this summer.