Profile for Cripple Creek, Colorado, CO
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Cripple Creek is a city in Teller County, in the Colorado Springs metro area.
It is the county seat.
Possibly named because cows had become lame after stumbling in a local stream.
The latitude of Cripple Creek is 38.746N. The longitude is -105.177W.
It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 9,455 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 1,084.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Cripple Creek demographic reports
Cripple Creek is in the Rocky Mountains.
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Gold-mining boom town. Leveled twice by fire before brick structures were built in the 1890s.
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Nearby parks & recreation:
Pike National Forest, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Mueller State Park
Cripple Creek attractions: Casinos, Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
Historic sites and museums: Cripple Creek District Museum, Old Homestead Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
The Cripple Creek area, following the gold rush, looked like a miniature Europe, divided into 'dukedoms' and 'fiefs' that were the larger and smaller mining claims. And it was a real adventure to walk the seven miles from Victor, where I lived, to the town of Cripple Creek.
-- Book of the High Mountains
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Ancestry & family history
20% of Cripple Creek residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Cripple Creek ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Cripple Creek was $19,607, compared with $21,587 nationally.
14% of Cripple Creek residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Historic districts in Cripple Creek include Cripple Creek Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Cripple Creek, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $588. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $883.
Libraries in Cripple Creek include Franklin Ferguson Memorial Library ... View libraries
Teller County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Cripple Creek political report.
The average commute time for Cripple Creek workers is 10 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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“ The Cripple Creek area, following the gold rush, looked like a miniature Europe, divided into 'dukedoms' and 'fiefs' that were the larger and smaller mining claims. And it was a real adventure to walk the seven miles from Victor, where I lived, to the town of Cripple Creek. ”
~ Book of the High Mountains
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