Victor is a historic mining town located only a few miles from Cripple Creek. It was established in 1894 and was one of the meccas for gold mining in the West. There are a few restaurants and shops in downtown, but it’s small compared to neighbor Cripple Creek.
Many settlers of the West had dreams of finding gold and many came to Victor. By 1900 Victor was the fifth largest city in Colorado. At its peak around 1902, Victor had three trains, two trolleys, six churches, twelve labor unions, forty-eight saloons, fifteen attorneys, twenty doctors, and a population around 17,500.
In August of 1899 Victor burned to the ground. It was rebuilt almost overnight in the brick still seen today. Today nearly 500 people live in town.
Mines – Scattered all along the hillsides around town. Several hikes take you up to many of the old mining camps. Vindicator Valley is located just around the corner. It’s a scenic hike taking you on a tour of the former Independence mining camp.
- Mueller State Park offers beautiful wooded campsites about twenty miles from town.
- Cripple Creek & Victor (5mi)