Kathy Reynolds, director of the Cripple Creek District Museum, had big plans to celebrate the museum's 60th anniversary. What she didn't know until she started doing some research is that the day she chose to rededicate the museum was exactly 60 years after it was first dedicated on June 14, 1953.
“We didn't know June 14 was exactly 60 years, we just picked that date because there will be a lot of people in Cripple Creek because of the rodeo,” she told a gathering at the Headframe Tavern on May 21. The plans for the rededication have yet to be completely determined.
As part of her presentation she read a resolution created by the state legislature and sent to then Gov. Dan Thornton commemorating the dedication of the new museum.
The resolution reads in part:
“Whereas, On June 14, 1953, a formal dedication of the Cripple Creek Museum was held in the historic town of Cripple Creek, Colorado; and
“Whereas, said museum stands as a glorious monument to the mining industry of the State of Colorado, upon which the economy of the state was originally built; …
“A lot has changed at the museum,” Reynolds said. “We have new phones and a new website and we'll be open seven days a week this summer.”
The new number is 719-689-9540 and the new website is www.cripplecreekmuseum.com.
The Cripple Creek District Museum, a private nonprofit foundation, is housed in the former Midland Terminal Railroad Depot. Located at the end of Bennett Avenue, the brick depot is only one part of the museum complex that includes three buildings with six floors of mining memorabilia, maps, paintings, glass and china, children's items, furnishings, an assay office, a photograph gallery, Indian artifacts, mineral displays and two Victorian apartments.
The museum opened for the summer on May 18 and will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week through mid-October. The gift shop will be open every day through summer. The museum will be closed in the winter except by appointment but the gift shop will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is $5for adults, $2.50 for children under 12, $3 for military personnel and senior citizens. Children under age 6 are free. Groups of 10 or more are $3 per person (please make group reservations in advance via phone or email). The museum welcomes history groups, families and school groups.