When gold was discovered in the area in 1890, the news quickly spread like wildfire, and thousands of people made their way to the Pikes Peak region. From 1890–1891, prospectors discovered the rich gold ore that began the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Rush. As towns and gold mines began to spring up across the mountainsides, Victor and its sister city, Cripple Creek, became the priority link to Colorado Springs and beyond.
WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE VICTOR COLORADO HOME
Located five miles from Cripple Creek and less than a 60-minute drive from Colorado Springs, Victor, CO, is a charming community known as the City of Mines. During its heyday in the 1890s, the streets in Victor were paved in gold, proving how plentiful the mineral was in the area.
Today, the headframes of the Ajax, Strong, and Independence mines provide the historic gold mining atmosphere, and while the gold-paved streets have been replaced with century-old buildings, residents and visitors can still embrace the rush of this era. While the hustle and bustle of the gold rush have now transformed into a quiet small town, those who grew up in the community enjoy passing down stories of fortunes found all those years ago.
CRIPPLE CREEK - VICTOR SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Cripple Creek-Victor School District is a RE-1 district that provides education to approximately 400 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. With a focus on education, the school district offers free athletics, transportation, field trips, and healthcare to students. Children in grades K-5 also receive free breakfast. With a mission of “real-life skills for real life,” the staff and board of education work in conjunction with the community and parents to prepare students for success beyond their school years.
Cripple Creek – Victor JR/SR High School
THINGS TO DO IN VICTOR COLORADO
From fishing to mine tours, scenic drives, and museums, those living in Victor embrace the nature that surrounds the history laid before them.
Victor is within an hour’s drive to numerous lakes and streams filled with a variety of trout and northern pike. The closest fishing hole is Skaguay Reservoir, and the best inlets include the east shore and the dam.
The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum is one of the original buildings found in Victor and houses floors of artifacts, books, exhibits, and photographs of life during the gold mining days. From Memorial Day weekend through the end of September, visitors are able to mine for gold, as well as Cripple Creek turquoise, topaz, and other gems.
For those looking for a little more adventure, Victor has four hiking and biking trails that weave past various old mining structures. These structures are part of a collection of mining relics that make up the Golden Loop.
HOMES FOR SALE IN VICTOR COLORADO
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