Colorado’s Gaming Towns: Cripple Creek

Year Listed: 1998
County: Teller County
Construction Date: 1800s
Threat When Listed: Development
Status: SAVE

One of three of the most historic mining towns in Colorado and the nation. A National Historic District.

Cripple Creek adopted strict design guidelines which address the treatment of historic structures and require new construction within the district to be appropriate in size and massing. A new Heritage Center is in the works which will promote area museums, businesses and attractions. While strong preservation efforts have maintained much of the historic integrity of the town, Cripple Creek’s economy is still attempting to expand its base beyond gaming.

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Featured Project

4 Bar 4 Ranch

Homesteaded in 1895 by Dick McQueary to provide a stop for the Georgetown Stage Line, the 320-acre 4 Bar 4 Ranch has strong ties to Grand County and Colorado's heritage. The Georgetown Stage Line traveled on the road through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch from Idaho Springs to Hot Sulphur Springs over Berthoud Pass. In 1895 a roadhouse and stage stop were constructed on the ranch. The hotel and barn were constructed using trees from the Ranch property, and the hotel remained open for travelers coming over Berthoud Pass by horseback and wagon until 1913. With the coming of the automobile, the roadway over Berthoud Pass and through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch was considered an integral part of the Trans-Continental “Midland Trail” highway. Following the closing of the stage line, the ranch continued to host travelers until 1912 or 1913 when it was purchased and converted into a Ford Motor Company . Ford vehicles were sold here until 1917, when Harry Larkin purchased the ranch site. Today emergency efforts are underway to ensure it survives through the winter. Donations are in need. To learn more, contact Jennifer Orrigo Charles at

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