Colorado Driving ToursVisit the American Eagles Scenic Overlook...
Scenic Golden Loop Historic Parkway
Cripple Creek and Victor, Colorado
We invite you to visit Victor & Cripple Creek and take a drive around golden loop.
On of the most impressive views of the mining district, backdropped by the Continental Divide, is from atop the American Eagles Overlook.
The American Eagles mine and surrounding area have been restored by the Cripple Creek/Victor Gold Mining Co.
Winfield Scott Stratton bought the Eagles in 1895. The American Eagles shaft was the deepest in the district at over 1,540 feet. It was, and still is the highest mine in the district at 10,570 feet. From the overlook you can see most of the CC/V mining operation, Goldfield and Independence as well as Collegiate Mountains.
The American Eagles Drive starts in Victor at 3rd & Diamond and continues up Range View Road to the marked intersection. The road winds up over remnants of the ghost town of Independence and then Altman. At the top, displays of mining equipment, a blacksmith shop and the grand American Eagles headframe offers a glimpse into gold mining history.
Visitors are advised to bring warm clothing for the visit to the overlook as a cool breeze often blows through the overlook, even on warm summer days.
You might also consider the following:
The Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine offers historic underground mine tours as well as tours of the modern surface mine and ghost walk tours are offered in Cripple Creek.
Walking tours of Victor are available at Victor businesses.
Walking tours of Cripple Creek are available at the Cripple Creek Welcome Center.
The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, Cripple Creek District Museum and Old Homestead House offer exhibits and information on the gold rush as well.
The scenic Golden Loop Historic Parkway Driving Tour offers a chance to see the Mining District in all its glory.
We are be building a series of historic interpretive trails in the Vindicator Valley and in and around Victor. Please visit our trails brochure on this website for more information.
We hope you enjoy your visit and please, remember this is an active mining district - please stay on public roads and trails.
The historic photos in this tour are provided for reference to modern-day views.
The Golden Loop Historic Parkway
A Series of Interpretive Sites & Trails Through the Cripple Creek Mining District:
*Vindicator Valley Including the Theresa & Vindicator Mines
*Stratton’s Independence Mine A National Historic Register Site
*The Gold Coin Mine, The Legacy That Built Victor
*Independence Millsite Trail
*Golden Circle Trail
*Golden Loop Driving Tour Through Historic Mining Backcountry Roads
Trails Are For Hiking - Mountain Biking - Equestrian Use
No Motorized Vehicles.To Find Our Trails, Take U.S. Hwy 24 West from Colorado Springs; in Divide turn south on Hwy 67; turn left at the sign to Victor on Teller County Rd. 81.
The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum
Lowell Thomas, journalist, radio & television commentator, author, & film producer grew up in Victor, getting his start in journalism as editor
of the Victor Daily Record newspaper.
He moved here with his family in September of 1900 at the age of 8.
He was the first news commentator to broadcast for both NBC & CBS. The Victor
Lowell Thomas Museum houses memorabilia from his illustrious caree. The Museum also houses artifacts from Victor’s past.
Call 719-689-5509 for hours and group tours.
The museum is open Memorial Day thru Labor Day and by appointment at other times.
If you would like more information, please write to the Southern Teller County Focus Group at PO Box 328, Victor CO 80860. Or email us.
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