Teller County, Colorado Gold Mining History

Teller County, Colorado Mining History

Historic Mines Report Files Index - 1900-1980

At the Colorado State Archives

Mining History Association

The Mining History Association (MHA) is an organization supporting the study of the history of mining and metallurgy.

Denver Public Library's Mining Web Site

Currently there is an index to Mining fatalities before 1963.

The Southern Teller County Focus Group

The Southern Teller Focus Group is a non-profit organization that assists mining operations with post-mining reclamation,and encourages and promotes historic, present and future mining education and naturalist education in Southern Teller County.

Important Dates in the History of the Cripple Creek Mining District*

October 1886: Bob Womack stakes claim at Poverty Gulch, calls it "Grand View"

July 1890: Sherman Silver Purchase Act

October 1890: Gold discovered by prospector, Bob Womack, El Paso Lode

April 1891: Cripple Creek Mining District named

July 1891: William Stratton staked claims on Battle Mountain, "Independence Mine"

September 1891: Mollie Kathleen Mine, first to be owned by a woman.

November 1891: Townsite of Fremont platted by Bennet and Myers

February 1892: Hayden Placer "Cripple Creek" townsite platted

1893: Sherman Silver Purchase Act repealed

February 1893: Towns of Fremont and Hayden Placer consolidated into Cripple Creek

July 1893: Cripple Creek population reached 20,000

Summer 1893: Miner's strike, Over $3 for an 8-hour day of work

August 1893: Portland Bonaza

1894: William Stratton: First Cripple Creek Millionaire

1894: Midland Terminal standard gauge completed

April 1896: Cripple Creek Fire

January 1896: Eight men die in Anna Lee shaft cave-in at the Portland Mine

September 14, 1902: William Stratton dies

June 5, 1904: Thirteen non-union workers die in dynamiting of the Independence train depot during terroist activites..

February 1908: Digging of Roosevelt Tunnel begins

August 10, 1909: Bob Womack dies

November 1914: Cresson Mine bonanza

September 7, 1931: Bert Carlton head of Cripple Creek Mines dies.

*information compiled from Money Mountain, by Marshall Sprague, 1979.

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