Creede is a historic mining town on the other side of Wolf Creek Pass, about an hour from our house. It’s a fun little town, very tourist friendly. We wanted Vince and Ann to see the stupendous scenery of Wolf Creek Pass.
We made the drive with lots of ” look at that!” And “OMG that is so beautiful!”comments. Over Wolf Creek Pass on 160 through Southfork, to Creede.
Our favorite restaurant The Miners Cafe was closed “for medical appointments ” so we went across the street. Burgers outside on the patio was very comfortable because of the shade umbrellas. Burgers and salads that we all had were great.
After stopping at the Olive Oil shop so I could stock up on Citrus Habenero and Chipotle Olive Oil we headed out of town.
I do have to confess to snort laughing when Ann reacted to her sampling of the Citrus Habenero olive oil. For the record I DID tell her is was Habenero and it was hot. She agreed that it was hot.
We left town after lunch for The Bachelors Loop. A seventeen mile educational and scenic drive gave us good sense of the history and function of mining in the area. Lots of “wow” on the drive.
Bachelor Loop. Creede
On the way home we stopped at the Treasure Falls parking lot. Vince elected not to make the hike because of knee issues, so Ann and I made the short trek while Steve kept Vince company.
Finally home, we sat on the deck drinking wine and local beer. One of our favorite restaurants is a micro brewery and we can buy their Plebian Porter at the liquor store next to City Market. Steve says the Rift Raft beer is the best he has ever had. Vince and Ann both loved it too.
Tina joined us on the deck, we all had blankets and jackets on as we looked at the stars and the moon and talked about momentous news.
Some info from Wikipedia about Creede:
Travelers to this area appeared in the early 19th century. Tom Boggs, a brother-in-law of Kit Carson, farmed at Wagon Wheel Gap in the summer of 1840. The first silver discovery was made at the Alpha mine in 1869, but the silver could not be extracted at a profit from the complex ores. Ranchers and homesteaders moved in when stagecoach stations (linking the mining operations over the Divide with the east) were built in the 1870s, but the great “Boom Days” started with the discovery of rich minerals in Willow Creek Canyon in 1889.
Creede was the last silver boom town in Colorado in the 19th century. The town leapt from a population of 600 in 1889 to more than 10,000 people in December 1891. The Creede mines operated continuously from 1890 until 1985, and were served by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.
The original townsite of Creede was located on East Willow Creek just above its junction with West Willow Creek. Below Creede were Stringtown, Jimtown, and Amethyst. The Willow Creek site was soon renamed Creede after Nicholas C. Creedewho discovered the Holy Moses Mine. Soon the entire town area from East Willow to Amethyst was called Creede.
While Creede was booming, the capital city of Denver, Colorado was experiencing a reform movement against gambling clubs and saloons. Numerous owners of gambling houses in Denver relocated to Creede’s business district. One of these was confidence man Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith. Soapy became the uncrowned king of Creede’s criminal underworld, and opened the Orleans Club. Other famous people in Creede were Robert Ford (the man who killed outlaw Jesse James), Bat Masterson, and William Sidney “Cap” Light (the first deputy sheriff in Creede, and brother-in-law of Soapy Smith). On June 5, 1892 a fire destroyed most of the business district. Three days later, on June 8, Ed O’Kelley walked into Robert Ford’s makeshift tent-saloon and shot him dead. The town of Creede was incorporated on June 13, 1892. The anti-gambling movement in Denver had ceased, and the Denver businessmen moved back to their former areas of operation.
Creede’s boom lasted until 1893, when the Silver Panic hit the silver mining towns in Colorado. The price of silver plummeted, and most of the silver mines were closed. Creede never became a ghost town, although the boom was over and its population declined. After 1900, Creede stayed alive by relying increasingly on lead and zinc in the ores. Total production through 1966 was 58 million troy ounces (870 metric tons) of silver, 150 thousand ounces (4.7 metric tons) of gold, 112 thousand metric tons of lead, 34 thousand metric tons of zinc, and 2 million metric tons of copper.