Welcome to the Cripple Creek gold mining district! Gold was struck in Poverty Gulch in 1894, triggering a gold rush that outstripped the 1849 rush to California. By 1900 the district had more than 500 mines and 55,000 people. Mining continued until 1962, during which time $8billions worth of gold (1995 prices) was extracted. At its peak the district was served by three railroads and two interurban trolley lines. Little now remains of them or the communities they once served. NB that this map is aligned with west at top and north at right. The Cripple Creek & Victor RR is not shown, but from Cripple Creek it runs west of Gold Hill to the site of Anaconda.