Greatest Gold Camp on Earth event to benefit Cripple Creek District Museum

Gold Camp Jackpot 2016

Gold Camp Victorian Society performers to be featured at Gold Bar Theater Aug. 27
By Sonja Oliver

Experience Cripple Creek’s past through historic personalities whose lives were intertwined with the thriving city at the “Greatest Gold Camp on Earth” a fundraising event to be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 at the Gold Bar Theater.
Known as the “World’s Greatest Gold Camp”, the Cripple Creek Mining District has its roots in ranching, mining and railroad history.
The performance will feature Gold Camp Victorian Society (GCVS) members who will portray the lives of people, once a part of the fabric that formed the Cripple Creek Mining District during its turn-of-the century heyday.
Historic re-enactments of well-known Cripple Creek personalities include Leo Kolman as Winfield Scott Stratton, Rob Johnson as Johnnie Nolan, Linda Johnson as Adeline Hornbek, Hedy Boyce as Doc Susie and Cheryl Steen as Mollie O’Brian. A very special new performance by Steve Smith and Pat Lewis will be introduced and Michelle Rozell will make her debut as Pearl Devere, Colorado’s most beloved madam.
Classical vocalist Shelby Evanoika will perform with pianist Annie Durham and Greg Lowry will act as Master of Ceremony for the event. Gold Camp Victorian Society members will be on hand during a meet and greet at Cripple Creek’s historic Imperial Hotel from 6-7 p.m. with entertainment beginning live on stage at the Gold Bar Theater at 7 p.m.
The event also includes a presentation made by the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Co. representative Dave Martinek who will present an update on the mine’s operations and recent activities.
Purchased in 2015 from AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. for $820 million in cash, Greenwood Village-based Newmont Mining Corp. is one of the world’s largest gold producers, with operations in Nevada, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, Peru, Suriname and Indonesia.
Museum Director Richard Tremayne said proceeds from the event will benefit the District Museum, lauded as one of the top ten museums in the West by True West magazine. For ticket information call (719) 689-2634.

Since 1999, the Gold Camp Victorian Society has been dedicated to the preservation of the history of Cripple Creek, Colorado and surrounding areas.
The society seeks to safeguard the heritage of the lifestyles and accomplishments of the early day residents who created and enriched the community.
Through research of individual lives from over one hundred years ago, GCVS activities support on-going efforts to preserve the historical culture of Cripple Creek, presenting skits at local schools and by providing ambiance to numerous area festivals and events.

Named as one of the top ten Western museums in the country and touted for its authenticity, the Cripple Creek District Museum is in its 65th year, working to preserve the history of Cripple Creek.
Visitors can browse through five historic buildings – the 1893 Colorado Trading and Transfer Building, the 1895 Midland Terminal Railroad Depot, and a turn-of-the-century Assay Office, plus two cabins. The museum recently added a new wing, dedicated to preserve the railroad industry which was so vital to Cripple Creek when the city boasted a population of more than 50,000.
A self-guided tour of the museum includes exhibits of railroad history, mining memorabilia, maps, paintings, glass and china, children’s items, furnishings, a photograph gallery, Native American artifacts, mineral displays, two Victorian apartments and two turn-of-the century cabins.
The French Blanche Le Coq cabin was the actual residence of a woman who lived at one of the mining camps during the gold rush and the cabin has been furnished to be historically accurate and to reflect her lifestyle. The second cabin has been furnished to represent the living space of a miner during the gold rush days.
The Cripple Creek District Museum is located at 5th Street and Bennett Avenue and is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week through October 1. The museum will be open every weekend through Christmas during its winter season and will be open for special events such as Winter Wonderland and Ice Festival. For more information on upcoming events go to