Sondra's Snapshot: A Peak at Colorado's Past

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Star View Real Estate CO: II100035296

Left behind from the Gold Rush???  Well this one may not be that old...

 

Old structure in Cripple Creek Victor Mining District

 

Turn back the clock to the late 1800’s.    The young United States was full of opportunity, heart ache and tears.  Railroads, cattle and gold all played key roles in the story. 

In Colorado, gold was discovered in the mountains just to the west of Colorado Springs.  During the peak of the gold rush, there were over 500 mines in the area which is referred to as the Cripple Creek Victor Mining District.  Gold made millionaires of a few men.  It has provided jobs for thousands of others. 

Today, if you want to step back in time or just see some gorgeous Colorado country side - be sure to visit the Cripple Creek/ Victor Mining District.  I'm hoping to that way this weekend with a camera in hand. 


Colorado:  See It.  Experience It.  Live It. 

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Jerry Newman
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Sondra, the Gold Rush in Colorado certainly made some millionaires, and it's nice to tour those old mining towns to see some history, and a glimpse of the way it was back in the 1800s. Nice Photo of an old home!

Sep 17, 2011 04:00 AM #1
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Gary Woltal
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You are such a great tour guide to the very interesting parts of the country around you there Sondra. I didn't know about the gold mining area. Next time I hike into the mountains to the west remind me to pack my pick axe and shovel and if all of a sudden I am sitting pretty in my multi millionaire dollar home well you will know what happened out in the mountains LOL. It is amazing that house in your photo is still standing.

Sep 17, 2011 04:08 AM #2
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
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Hi Sondra - The mountains here are full of surprises and, as I'm sure you have seen, we have lots of ghost towns scattered around. The sense of history and the feel for the way people lived is powerful in these places. The best is when you come across them unexpectedly on a remote hike or a 4-wheel drive way in the back country. Add that to the scenery and you get the average, ordinary every day Colorado experience - awesome!

Sep 17, 2011 04:47 AM #3
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Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
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Sondra - you captured a beautiful photo and the only reason you can tell it's not a very old photo are those annoying wires! I find this all the time when I'm trying to capture a photo of a very old barn, lighthouse, home - you get the idea. Thank for the interesting history and the Gold Rush was such an interesting time in our country. Mark Twain (one of my favorite writers) wrote a lot about it.

You did inspire me to see how it looks in Sepia - (I took it through Picnik) hope you like it...

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Sep 17, 2011 05:06 AM #4
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
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Sondra, That is a great peak into Colorado's past!  I find things like this very interesting!

Sep 17, 2011 05:51 AM #5
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Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
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Hi everyone,

Thank you for your comments. 

Hi Jerry, thanks for stopping by.  It wasn't a house, it was some sort of building related to the mining.  I"m hoping to be back in the area tomorrow afternoon to find out a little more about it. 

Gary, come on to Colorado for a visit.  If you find some gold, I'll be more than happy to help you find a home also.  I'll list it and you can represent yourself. 

Dick, I haven't even had a chance to start exploring in your part of Colorado yet! Someday. 

Kristine, I love how it looks in the the sepia.  I'm going to have to experiment with that a little more.  You truly have an artistic eye.

Hi Tony!  Thanks, I'm hoping to post more things like this in the near future. 

Sep 17, 2011 03:32 PM #6
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Jim Frimmer
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We have a lot of gold mine era ghost towns in central and southern California but I haven't been to any of them. They are simply too far out in rural areas. I think that might be a reason why they are ghost towns.

Sep 17, 2011 03:57 PM #7
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Steve Hoffacker
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Sondra,

Great snapshot of history. I like this shot and waht it represents. :)

Steve

Sep 17, 2011 03:57 PM #8
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Steve Hoffacker
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Kristine,

That sepia tone treatment is just the right touch for this photo. Thanks. :)

Steve

Sep 17, 2011 03:58 PM #9
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing the great photograph.  Good to hear that you are able to take walks.

Kentlands Photograph by Roy Kelley.  Life is good in Maryland.

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Sep 18, 2011 02:33 AM #10
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Sharon Lee
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Sondra-Nothing better than exploring the areas of your home and going back in time. Adventures are everywhere if we just have the eyes to see them.

Sep 18, 2011 02:09 PM #11
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Steve Hoffacker
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Sondra,

Congratulations. Your post is now featured in the group "Americana." :)

Steve

Sep 18, 2011 04:30 PM #12
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