The Southern Teller County Focus Group
(STCFG) will be hosting its ninth annual historic mine tour
Saturday, May 25. The tour of the surface remnants of the Mary Nevin
Mine west of Victor will be held as part of Colorado’s
This 1890's mine is on private land not
accessible to the public - do not miss this opportunity to view the
site nestled in a historic mining valley. This tour is possible due
to the cooperation of the El Paso Gold Mining Company, on whose
property the mine is located.
Former hard rock miner Gary Horton, who
worked in the Mary Nevin in the 1970s, will present historical and
operational information on this unique mining property.
The mine produced gold in 1913, 1914 and
from 1937 to 1941. In 1978 the mine was restored and produced
$38,000 in gold (at then god prices).
Meet at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum
no later than 9:30 the day of the tour. All participants will be
required to sign waivers and wear hard hats, which will be provided
by the CC&V Gold Mining Company (CC&V). CC&V shuttles will be
available for a limited number of seats. If more tickets are sold
than vans hold, the remaining ticket holders will be required to
carpool to the site. This tour is very popular and advance, pre-paid
reservations are recommended online at VictorColorado.com. Online
reservations are by credit card; cash only payments will be accepted
at the museum the day of the event. Tickets will also be on sale the
museum (cash only) May 18 and 19.
The cost is $10 per person, which
benefits the historic preservation and community development
projects of the STCFG. The organization’s next major project is the
development of a new trail connecting Victor to Shelf Road and
interpretative signs along this trail.
The first annual Gem & Mineral Show
sponsored by the Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) in
Victor, Colorado will be held June 22-23. The event will be held in
downtown historic Victor and is open and free to the public.
The show will include vendors from across
the state selling Colorado dug minerals, gems, hand-crafted jewelry,
mining antiques, rough slabs, specimens, cabochons, hand-crafted
furniture with mineral inlays, Cripple Creek & Victor Mining
District gold ore specimens, as well as gold and gem panning for the
kids at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum.
Vendors will set up and be ready for
sales by 9 a.m. June 22. Show hours are from 9 to 5 on June 22 and
10 to 4 on June 23. The vendors will be set up on North Third Street
in lots between the Post Office Building and the Victor Elks Lodge.
The Elks Lodge will be open and members will be grilling burgers on
the porch as a fundraiser.
In addition to the show, the museum gift
shop will be open both days from 9:30 to 5:30 with its collection of
rocks, gems, minerals, rhodochrosite and aquamarine jewelry, geodes
and gold panning for the kids. The museum also houses a mineral
collection as well as historic mining equipment, photos, and
Vendors are welcome to sell their gems
and minerals at this show which will be held in downtown Victor.
Vendor pre-registration is required for the show. Vendor fees
benefit the STCFG efforts of preserving and interpreting historic
mining as well as building and maintaining the Trails of Gold
through the mining district.
Register and Pay Now...
A City of Victor Business License application is also required to be a
part of this event.
Please fill out and send the City application and a check made out to
the STCFG for the fee ($35 for a small space and $45 for a large space); send the
City application and check to
the STCFG with your vendor registration. City Vendor License -
required. STCFG Vendor Application -
required with payment to the STCFG.
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2012 Past Events
Annual Tour Showcases 1890’s Anchoria-Leland Mine
Two historic tours will be a part of Memorial Day Weekend in Victor, Colorado. Tour the historic Anchoria Leland Mine surface buildings and in downtown Victor the 1899 Doyle Block, with its newly restored storefront
High above Cripple Creek the AnchoriaLeland Mine is a landmark with a grand view of the mountains. The mine, owned by the Anchoria-Leland Mining and Milling Company in 1892, produced over $3 million worth of gold . The tour will showcase the 1890 mining operations on Gold Hill that made the Anchoria Leland one of the great producers.
This tour is exclusive to May 26 as the mine is located on Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining (CC&V) property and is not accessible to the public at any other time. This tour is of the surface structures only and is sponsored by the Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) and CC&V. This special tour of the 1890’s mine structures, including the giant wooden headframe and hoist house, will include presentations by Victor Miner Gary Horton and Mining Engineer Ed Hunter.
The Doyle Block in downtown Victor will be open from 1-4 for tours. The 1899 building at 307 Victor Avenue is owned by the Bielz family and has a newly restored lower storefront, thanks to a grant from the State Historic Fund of the Colorado Historical Society. The grant, sponsored for the Bielz family by the STCFG, funded the installation of new large store windows, and the refurbishment of the brass columns and wood panels on the exterior of the building. The structure was built in 1899 by James Doyle, one of the owners of the famous Portland Gold Mining Company. The interior of the building is much the same as it was in the 1940s when the Silver Dollar Saloon was housed in one half.
This historic mine tour event is held during Colorado Historic Preservation Month and is the eighth annual mine tour the STCFG has sponsored as part of the month-long event held every year to focus on Colorado history. For information, call 719-689-2675 or visit victorcolorado.com. All proceeds benefit the non-profit STCFG’s historic preservation efforts.
2011 Historic Mining Headframe Lighting
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 gallus 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, Nov. 25.
Aug. 6 Richard Marold as Nikola Tesla
The Stratton Outdoor Amphitheater will host a second performance by Richard Marold. After a successful opening presentation of Stratton, Marold will return to the Stratton Outdoor Amphitheater to perform as Nikola Tesla Saturday, Aug. 6.
July 28 - Stargazing at the Stratton Outdoor Amphitheater
Bring a telescope if you have one, binoculars, flashlights, a blanket and warm clothes. Free and open to the public. Parking at the Victor Heli Pad. Hike up to the amphitheater. Starts at 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Southern Teller County Focus Group. Reservations not required.
June 11, 2011 - Richard Marold as Winfield Scott Stratton in the Shadow of the Independence Mine
10 a.m. - Richard Marold presentation of Winfield Scott Stratton opens the amphitheater at the Independence Mill Site. Celebrate 120 years of the discovery of the Independence Mine. $10 pp limited seating.
5 p.m. Victor Lowell Thomas Museum Fundraiser.
May 28, 2011 7th Annual Historic Mine Tour - Ajax Mine
A special tour of the Ajax Mine surface structures, including the giant metal head frame and its hoist house, will be held Saturday, May 28, Sponsored by the Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) and Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company (CCV).The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and will be led by former Ajax miner and Victor resident Gary Horton. Horton worked in the Ajax during its 1980’s production years. Historian Ed Hunter will also be on hand. The cost of the tour (donated to the STCFG) is $10 per person. Payment (cash only, no credit cards are accepted) will be collected at the museum the day of the tour).
Experience Victor, City of Mines Through the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum
Discover the rich history of Victor, City of Mines, in a special program during Victor Gold Rush Days this July.
Sunday, July 18 the Steve Veatch will present the second annual Discover Victor program and guided tour. The program includes a one-hour presentation and two-hour guided tour of the Victor area, with stops at historic sites. The even benefits the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. There will be two sessions for the event on July 18 – one at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn about Victor’s gold rush history from a well-known geologist, historian and author.
May 29, 2010 Mine Tour
Tour the Historic Strong Mine & Gold Coin Club - May 29 9:30 a.m. Meet at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. $10 per person, which benefits the Southern Teller County Focus Group. This tour includes a visit (1 block walk or drive to) the historic 1890's Strong Mine on Victor's north side. The headframe and mine buildings will be showcased and historical information will be provided by the current owner, Gold States Mining CO., as well as historian Ed Hunter. Also open for the tour from 11-1 are the historic Gold Coin Club at 4th & Diamond, the Colorado Trading & Transfer Co.Private Museum at 3rd & Diamond.
May 23, 2009 - Tour of the Anchoria-Leland Mine Surface Structures
High above Cripple Creek the Anchoria -Leland Mine is a landmark with a grand view of the mountains. The mine, owned by the Anchoria-Leland Mining and Milling Company in 1892, produced over $3 million worth of gold . The tour will showcase the 1890 mining operations on Gold Hill that made the Anchoria-Leland one of the great producers.
Gold Coin Mine Arch Capped
The brick arch over the iron gate of the Gold Mine in Victor is being capped to save the 100-year old bricks. The arch is unique to this one-time gold mine that was owned by the Woods family, founders of Victor. The concrete cap on the brick walls there, by Kent Burgess and John White, will protect the brick from further water damage. This project was funded by donations to the STCFG.
New Roof on Historic Blacksmith Shop
The STCFG funded the replacement of tin roofing on the blacksmith shop at the American Eagles Scenic Overlook. The tin had blown off over 2 winters of windy weather. This project was funded by donations to the STCFG.
The State Historical Fund awarded the STCFG a $10,000 grant to assess the structural needs of the Doyle Block in Downtown Victor. This historic building once housed the 1908 Democratic Headquarters, the Silver Dollar Saloon and more recently the office of Dr. A.C. Denman. The new owners hope to save the building and develop housing upstairs, a brewery and at gallery downstairs. The STCFG has also received a grant to repair the roof of the Doyle Block from the SHF for $27,750. This means the building is on its way to being saved. The roof replacement was completed in September, 2009. The STCFG is seeking in 2010 a grant to restore the front of this historic building.
May 24, 2008 Portland Mine Tour
The STCFG held a tour of the Portland I Mine May 24 as part of Historic Preservation Month. Partly funded by the Colorado Historical Society, the tour was lead by historian Ed Hunter. About 30 individuals attended.
Interpretive Signs at Independence Mill Site
Thanks to volunteers from the STCFG and Hilltop 4-H 3 new signs at the Mill Site describe the history of this one-time gold mill and equipment. The signs were funded by the STCFG and designed by ZStudios of Victor.
El Paso Gold King Preserved at Library of Congress
The Gold King Headframe in Poverty Gulch is in danger of collapsing and an assessment and attempt to save it determined that the ground under it is not stable enough to rehab the structure. A grant was awarded in 2005 to the STCFG to document the structure in detailed engineering and architectural drawings. Those drawings were completed along with photos and historical documents, preserving this mine's place in history in the archives of the national trust.
The results have been approved by the National Park Service and State Historical Fund and placed in the archives of the Library of Congress. In addition, the grant funded an interpretive sign, located near the mine in Poverty Gulch, which depicts the history of the headframe.
Copies of the drawing with brief history of the mine, first discovered by Bob Womack in 1890, are available for sale as a fundraiser by the STCFG, which spearheaded the grants and preservation efforts. The grant was provided by the State Historical Fund with additional matching funds from the City of Cripple Creek.
The drawing of the El Paso Gold King Mine is now available for sale in our online store. Click here to purchase your copy today! All proceeds are used to preserve and interpret historic sites in southern Teller County.
National Trust/Explore Colorado
The National Trust for Historic Preservation teamed up with KUSA 9NEWS to present a public education program called, Explore Colorado. Using the power of television and the internet, Explore Colorado reaches more than 6 million people, raising public awareness and educating audiences about our State’s heritage, inspiring interest in and visitation to historic and cultural places across the state.
Historic Preservation Month Features Treasures of Victor’s Gold Mining Heritage 2007
Two events highlighting Victor’s golden past will be held during May – Colorado Historic Preservation Month. Both are funded by grants from the Colorado Historical Society.
Downtown walking tours and a guided tour of the Gold Coin Mine will be held May 19, 2007 this month. In addition, visitors to this historic mining town can search for treasures during a citywide garage sale, with locations around the city and downtown including the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum.
Saturday, May 19, 2007 the new Victor Downtown Walking Tour will get its debut – two guided tours of a new tour/trail and interpretive signs will be held. This new tour and connection to the Trails of Gold just outside of Victor includes a map and written tours of the downtown historic buildings. It allows hikers and bicyclists to access from downtown over 4 miles of STCFG trails through gold rush history.
This project was funded by a grant from the Gold Belt Byway Association and created by Doug McNiel of the Victor Heritage Society and Ruth Zalewski of the STCFG. Each tour will be about 1.5 hours and be conducted on the sidewalks and streets of Victor.
Victor mining engineer and historian Ed Hunter will conduct a guided tour of the Gold Coin Mine at 5th & Diamond Ave. This historic mine site was owned by the Woods family who founded Victor. The tour, sponsored by the STCFG, will include a close-up look inside the locked gate of the 1890’s hoist that carries remnants of gold décor, as well as the shaft and other structures of the mine.
Signs Guides to Trails, Historic Sites The STCFG map sign project is complete, replacing the outdated and faded map signs at 10 locations around the district. The project is now completed and the signs were installed by volunteers. The installation was completely volunteer by Ed Hunter, Jane Mannon, Jon and Ruth Zalewski. The design was donated by ZStudios using artwork from Cherry Hunter, the Lowell Thomas Museum, as well as a base map provided by the Teller County Information Technology Dept. The map signs denote the new trail system, historic sites and roads that have been rerouted over the past years due to mining activity. The new signs are National Park Service Standard fiberglass embedded panels in dark brown frames. The City of Cripple Creek Community Resource Funds were donated for this project as well as private donations to the STCFG.
Group Assists Victor Masons in Historic Preservation The Victor Masonic Lodge on South 4th St., is in dire need to repairs to keep the structure in tact. The STCFG has adopted the Masonic Lodge and partnered with the Victor Masons to repair the building. Members of both groups teamed up in June to make temporary roof repairs needed to keep the building from further deterioration until a rehab grant can be obtained.. The STCFG applied for and received in a Historic Structural Assessment Grant from the State Historical Fund. The group applied for a state historical grant Oct. 1, 2005 to repair the roof. Matching funds were not provided by the Masons and grant was returned
Historic Headframe Relocated The metal structure that is the remnant of the gold mining operations at the Julia E shaft of the Ophir Mine has been relocated below its former location in Squaw Gulch.. Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company and Conley Construction erected the headframe just above Highway 67 between Victor and Cripple Creek. The structure was moved on request of the Southern Teller County Focus Group.The Julia E. was on the edge of the mine expansion on Raven Hill, just above the Golden Wedge, a tall, thin, wooden headframe still intact. The STCFG requested the structure be moved to preserve it and the historic mining landscape in Squaw Gulch. The structure may be viewed from state Highway 67 and the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. The Advance Gold Mining, Bonding and Leasing Company owned stock in and leased the Julia E on Raven Hill at the turn of the century.
Gold Coin Wall Restored The STCFG has funded from its historic preservation funds, raised by the sale of Portland II prints, the restoration of a 30-foot by 12 foot wall of the east side of the Gold Coin Mine. The mine, located in downtown Victor, was founded by the Woods family. The wall, which was made from hand hewn native rock, served as the east foundation for the mine site. The new wall was constructed of native rock from the Strong and Independence mines by J&K Landscaping of Victor. The wall was completed in the fall of 2004. Others donating to the cause were Mark Gregory, Lorri Sewald, Ron Robb, Woody, Andy Watson and the Strong Mine.
High Speed Internet
The Focus Group was instrumental in bringing High Speed Internet Access to Southern Teller County, thru a partnership with CCVNet.net. The project begun in 2001 brought wireless service into existing businesses and homes as well as to those who wish to relocate here.
Two Memorial Benches Placed Two benches were placed July 7, 2005 in memory of Cherry Hunter, well known Victor artist and volunteer. The benches were purchased with funds donated to the STCFG Victor Lowell Thomas Museum by family and friends after Cherry's passing in Nov. 2004. One bench is at the American Eagles Scenic Overlook and the other on the Vindicator Valley Trail.
Frizzell Fund-raiser A Success The entire series of 100 signed Frizzell Portland II prints have been sold - thanks to you all for your support! We still have unsigned prints left for sale - the proceeds go toward our historic preservation and mining history projects.