Cripple Creek, Colorado

This is why I travel scenic back roads.  I would have never found this little town unless I had gotten off the beaten path.  Cripple Creek and nearby Victor were gold mining towns.  The restored buildings here are simply gorgeous.  Most are now quaint little casinos.  I’ll keep you in suspense and post photos of many of the buildings in a future entry.

These are some of the other things I spotted around town.

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Get it?  Gimme two tickets to parrot dice…..

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Doesn’t every town in America claim to have invented the root beer float?

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It’s two, two…. two mints in one.  A Hotel AND Motel.

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This one really cracked me up.  Be sure to read all the lines on the sign.

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Atlas Powder Company.  For all your explosives needs….

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After taking pictures of both sides of this sidewalk “sandwich board” I went inside to tell them I’d be posting it on my blog.  I met Kim, the young lady working there.  She and I had a delightful conversation.  She gave me some important guidance about some of the scenic roads I was planning to take after I left Cripple Creek, and told me about a place I’d find down the road which wasn’t on my radar.

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Finding this little town and spending part of my day here was a pleasant, unexpected surprise.