Southern Teller County Focus Group Corporation
Working Toward Positive Solutions for Southern Teller County
Gold Camp Christmas Cripple Creek Victor
Our Focus

Preserving and Educating the Public About Gold Rush History Near Cripple Creek & Victor, Colorado.

The STCFG works with Newmont Mining Corporation and other private land owners to develop positive solutions to historic preservation, recreation, education and post-mining land use.

Donations and volunteers are welcome and help further the group's projects.

For information about the Southern Teller County Focus Group:
Mail
POB 328, Victor, CO 80860
Email
stcfg@victorcolorado.com


Holiday Headframe Lighting

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The giant headframes that remain as ghosts of 1890's gold mining days light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek each holiday season. These unique mining artifacts, also called gallows frames by local miners, are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era.

Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, are lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek starting Friday of Thanksgiving Day weekend. The lights are best viewed from public roads around the district after dark and will be in place Friday-Sunday nights in December through New Year’s Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting.

 This year the Portland Headframe, pictured above, will not be lit as the structure is fragile. Once it is restored, the lights will be returned.

This holiday lighting tradition has been ongoing since 1998 and is sponsored by Newmont Mining Corporation, on whose property most of the headframes are located. Volunteers staff the generators and line power connections each weekend. Other sponsors include an anonymous donor, Southern Teller County Focus Group and Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation. Support also comes from Black Hills Energy crews who help refurbish the lamps on the ornaments.

The Southern Teller County Focus Group and Newmont Mining Corporation invite you to visit the historic City of Mines for a day, evening drive or weekend stay during holiday season to experience part of our good old-fashioned holiday spirit.

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