Downtown Victor Around 1900

Florence

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Railroad cars filled with gold ore traveled down Phantom Canyon to Florence from 1894 to 1912. With ample coal and water, Florence shared in the wealth of Cripple Creek by becoming a center for processing Cripple Creek's gold. 

By the turn of the century, nine reduction mills operated around the clock. Visit the Pioneer Museum to see memorabilia from Florence's past and take a stroll through historic downtown. 

Florence offers a variety of antique shops housed in its historic brick buildings, as well as galleries, restaurants and lodging. In 2002 the historic Rialto Theater opened after a 25-year hiatus - it has been refurbished to its 1923 grandeur. Six parks offer a variety of outdoor and interpretive opportunities.

A new 18-hole Gary Player Signature golf course - the first in Colorado - is under construction. Each September, Florence celebrates its heritage during Pioneer Days.


Florence Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 145
117 S. Pikes Peak Ave.
Florence, CO 81226
(719)784 3544

  • Loging
  • Mechanic
  • Camping / RV Parks
  • Shopping 
  • Dining/Restaurant
  • Grocery Store
  • Medical Services
  • Gasoline
  • Convenience Store
  • Visitor Center

City of Victor
Events
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Victor lies along the base of Battle and Squaw Mountains, the richest mining areas in the District. The "City of Mines" offers many opportunities to experience mining history. Located in the heart of Victor, the historic Gold Coin Mine's rich ore was dug from under the city. The huge headframe from the Cresson Mine, dating to the turn of the century, rises above the Gold Bowl, Victor's baseball field. On the Independence Mine, a National Historic Register site. This mine made the District's first multimillionaire, W.S. Stratton. The downtown National Historic offers antique and gift shops, deli and bar, old-fashioned soda fountain and the beautifully renovated historic Victor Hotel. The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum offers exhibits on mining history and the town's most famous son.  Visitors will notice restoration of City Hall and several other historic buildings in progress. Nearby are a series of historic trails that offer hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding opportunities.
Each July, Victor celebrates its heritage during Gold Rush Days.

City of Victor
P.O. Box 86
Victor, CO 80860
(719) 689 2284

 

Services*
*Some services are available only at either end of the route.

 

  • Loging
  • Mechanic
  • Camping / RV Parks
  • Shopping 
  • Dining/Restaurant
  • Grocery Store
  • Convenience Store
  • Visitor Center

 

Historic photos courtesy of Lowell Thomas Museum, ZStudios