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Cripple Creek

noun
1.
a town in central Colorado: gold rush 1891. 9600 feet (2925 meters) above sea level.
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Cripple Creek

noun
1.
a village in central Colorado: gold-mining centre since 1891, once the richest in the world
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Encyclopedia Article for Cripple Creek

city, seat (1899) of Teller county, central Colorado, U.S., overlooked by Mount Pisgah (10,400 feet [3,170 metres]). It lies west of Colorado Springs in a granite pocket 9,600 feet (2,925 metres) above sea level, at the edge of Pike National Forest. In 1891 gold was discovered in nearby Poverty Gulch by Robert Womack, a cowboy (who died poor), and in nearby Victor by Winfield Scott Stratton, a carpenter (who left a fortune of $20,000,000). Three railways reached Cripple Creek (whose name is of obscure origin) between 1893 and 1901.

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