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Victor in Teller County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Welcome to Victor Colorado

City of Mines

 

—City Elevation: 9693 ft —

 
Welcome to Victor Colorado Marker, part #1 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
1. Welcome to Victor Colorado Marker, part #1
Inscription. For many who came West, their biggest dream was to find gold. With small grubstakes they came, over 12,000 of them, making Victor the 5th largest city in Colorado by 1900. The glory days brought entertainment as well. Jack Dempsey trained at the fire station and Soapy Smith promoted bull fights at Gillette. Victor was also boyhood home of Lowell Thomas, international radio and TV commentator. At its peak, Victor had 3 trains, 2 trolleys, 20 doctors, 6 churches, 12 labor unions, 15 attorneys and 48 saloons. Victor burned to the ground in August of 1899 and was rebuilt ‘overnight’ with the brick seen today.

Gold was discovered by Bob Womack near Cripple Creek in 1890 and through the years, over 500 mines have employed more than 6000 miners.

The Cresson Mine produced 60,000 ounces of gold from a room-sized, crystalline “vug” located 1200’ below the surface. The Portland II Mine was 3500’ deep and the American Eagles was one of the highest at 10,750’. The legendary Independence Mine was sold by W. S. Stratton in 1899 for 11,000,000. The district has produced over 22 million ounces of gold to date. In 1994 Victor continued its heritage by supporting the largest gold mine in the state, the Cresson Mine of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Co. Thank You

Victor Historic Preservation Commission
The Cripple

Welcome to Victor Colorado Marker, part #2 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
2. Welcome to Victor Colorado Marker, part #2
Creek & Victor Cold Mining Co.

[Captions: Established 1894; W.S. Stratton’s Independence Mine, Claim Staked July 4, 1891; Third St. at Victor Ave., c. 1912; Where to Go and How to Get There, See the Map; The Golden Circle Railroad. This narrow gauge subsidiary of the Gold Belt Line served the Victory area from 1896-1912; Price of Gold in 1900 – 20.67 per troy ounce; Daily Pay – 1900, $3.00 per eight hour shift; Machine Drilling 1000 ft Underground; 1 Ton Cart]
Victor Chamber of Commerce Byron Signs – Colorado Springs Many Wonderful Volunteers!
 
Erected by Victor Historic Preservaton Commission.
 
Location. 38° 42.629′ N, 105° 8.53′ W. Marker is in Victor, Colorado, in Teller County. Marker is on Victor Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 415 Victor Avenue, Victor CO 80860, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Victor City Hall (a few steps from this marker); Labor Wars (within shouting distance of this marker); North 4th Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bawdy Side of Town (about 600 feet away); Lowell Thomas’s Victor

Welcome to Victor Colorado Marker, part #3 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
3. Welcome to Victor Colorado Marker, part #3
(about 600 feet away); Fire! (about 600 feet away); North 3rd Street (about 600 feet away); East Victor Avenue (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Victor.
 
More about this marker. This marker is a big as a billboard and longer too. It could not be captured in one image so it had been photographed in three parts.
 
Also see . . .  Victor Colorado - Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 1, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Additional keywords. Colorado Gold Mining
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNatural Resources
 
City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
4. City Hall
The Welcome to Victor Colorado marker is the the right.
Store to the right of the Welcome to Victor Colorado Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
5. Store to the right of the Welcome to Victor Colorado Marker
Map detail from the Victor Colorado Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
6. Map detail from the Victor Colorado Marker
Detail from the Welcome to Victor Colorado Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2009
7. Detail from the Welcome to Victor Colorado Marker
Population 1896 8,000 1900 12,000 1902 17,500 1920 2,000 1970 250 1999 500 Dogs 623
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 645 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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