Wrapped in tall and grave tales of its own, the Strong Mine is a perfect location for mining history lore!
Victor’s historic Strong Mine will be the center of attention during Stories at the Strong: A Day of Tall Tales & Mining History, held at the 1899 mine site. The event is sponsored by the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. This is the second year for the event.
The day will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a tour of the compressor house, surface plant, and hoist house of the Strong Mine. The tour guide will be Two Mile High Mining Co. owner Jim Watson. The one-hour tour will be followed by storytelling with some of the mining district’s well-seasoned miners conjuring up memories and weaving tales about their experiences and the old days underground. The Victor Elks will cook and sell hotdogs and brats on the grill and, weather allowing, marshmallows can be roasted as fixings for s’mores.
The most famous story about the Strong Mine has to do with its founder. The mine’s 1890’s owner, Sam Strong, was killed in an argument in the Newport Saloon in Cripple Creek in 1901, his shooting the result of an argument over gambling. As a result of the incident, the mayor at the time outlawed guns and gambling in Cripple Creek. In the August 23 issue of the Colorado Springs Evening Mail, Mayor Crane ran a decree on the front page. He publicly denounced Strong and all other gamblers for the common practice of carrying concealed weapons, saying: ‘I believe that in a community so well governed as Cripple Creek, where warrants are worth 100 cents on the dollar, any person who carries a gun or other dangerous weapon concealed on his person is either a coward, a bully or an outlaw.’ Crane ordered that all gambling houses in Cripple Creek be closed and that ‘all persons carrying concealed weapons quit said practice.’
Don’t miss more tall tales, true history, and Stories at the Strong!
The cost of the event, benefiting the museum, is $10 per person with children under 5 free. The entrance fee includes the tour and storytelling session. Lunch and s’mores are available at an additional cost.
Tickets can be reserved on line at VictorColorado.com or purchased at the museum or at the gate the day of the event by cash only.
The Strong Mine is located just off Diamond Avenue on Victor’s north side. Parking is limited at the Battle Mountain and Independence Millsite Trailheads on the Old American Eagles Road. Attendees are encouraged to park in downtown Victor. A free shuttle sponsored by the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company will provide transportation from the trailheads and from the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum to the event and back throughout the day.
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Additional time info:
The schedule for the day’s events includes:
Strong Mine tour 11:30 a.m.
Elks barbeque lunch Noon
Storytelling & Smores 1- 3 p.m.
For more information, visit VictorColorado.com or call 719-689-5509.