Dig deep into our local history
The wealth scratched out of the hills of Cripple Creek financed the two gentlemen who helped found Colorado Springs. The legacy of General Palmer and Spencer Penrose created many of our oldest attractions and protected our beautiful parks and open spaces. Our founders certainly get a lot of the press, but they’re just a small part of tapestry that makes our history so fascinating.
Everywhere you turn, our rich history continues to thrive, from the early American Indian and Spanish settlers, to the Europeans expanding west in search of their fortune. You see it in the names of our mountains and streets and the way we celebrate out heritage. There’s a restaurant in Old Colorado City named after a pair of elk Prairie Dog O’Byrne used to pull his carriage down main street of the territory capital. Or the spunky young woman, Mary Catherine Gortner who struck it rich on the gold claim in Cripple Creek where the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine stands today. These particular characters are all long gone, but character with which they shaped our region is still going strong. So dig in! And make it part of your story.
Top 6 ways to get into the local history
Delve 1,000 feet into a real live gold mine at Mollie Kathleen
There's Gold in them hills
Check out one of the richest gold districts in the country in Historic Cripple Creek
Hang on for the ride
Ride through the mountain on an old coal-powered iron horse at Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
All History Buff adventures
Check out these top history related attractions in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.
itineraries for the History Buff
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Tips & FAQs
Other fun facts and things you should know about enjoying the history of the Pikes Peak region.