Long-time Cripple Creek icon Steve Mackin passed away on Sept. 5. Mackin was the co-owner of the Hospitality House and a key force behind the effort to revive the Butte Opera House and bring classic melodrama back to Cripple Creek. Mackin, the son of Dorothy and Wayne Mackin, who revolutionized this unique genre of theater, previously served as the manager of the Imperial Hotel and represented a variety of elected boards, commissions and volunteer groups, including the local the fire department and city council. He was the first chairman of the Cripple Creek Historic Preservation Commission, following the arrival of limited stakes gaming. A celebration of Steve’s life is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 13 at the Imperial Hotel, starting at 1 p.m. See this week’s edition of the Mountain Jackpot for more details regarding the legacy of Steve Mackin.