The Cripple Creek Heritage Center and several museums’ artifacts tell the stories of those who risked it all in the search for riches. You can also tour the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine — named after the first woman to strike gold here — where you can walk the tunnels dug by turn-of-the-century miners. And the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad departs from an 1894 vintage depot, taking visitors through historic gold camps.

Today, those in search of modern fortunes can try their luck with slots, blackjack, poker, roulette and craps in more than a dozen casinos.

Numerous events and celebrations, including the famous Donkey Derby Days when members of the town’s resident donkey herd are cheered to the finish line, are held throughout the year and give the town a festive air. And there’s always a seat for theater lovers at the beautifully restored Butte Opera House, where musicals, melodramas and comedies take the stage throughout most of the year.

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