Just another ghost town


Rachel Faulkner writes, Imagine living in Oregon with your wife and children in the year 1861.

Imagine living in Oregon with your wife and children in the year 1861. You decide to move to Colorado and start your very own town to hunt for gold that you knew basked lavishly in the land. If you are imagining this correctly, your name would be Levi Welty, and you would move to an area of our very own Colorado that would one day be known as Cripple Creek, Colorado. Levi Welty followed his dream of owning a gold mine in Colorado. He moved his family to a secluded area near Colorado Springs, Colorado.After settling near a creek,Welty encountered many difficulties. His hand was injured by a gunshot wound (by accident, of course) a cow tripped and broke a leg, and the family cat was killed by breaking her neck on the banks. For this reason, Welty has been made infamous for his words, “This sure is some Cripple Creek!” And so the twon revieved its name. But the jubllation Welty experienced at the idea of his own town did not last. In 1891, the Welty family sold the property to Bob Wolmack, after discovering a “lack” of gold in the land. Irony being what it is, Wolmack found gold in the land and was soon rich. The town flourished for a time being. Today, Cripple Creek, Colorado is observed mostly as an old western town, frayed around the edges and aging with the trees, though occasional hopefuls still visit the now retired gold mines. A museum is a popular hangout spot, and the town now has a population of around 1,100 poeple. While the town itself may be dwindling in popularity, the ghost myths are still commonly swapped. But I can’t say any more – that is for you to discover on your own,