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Mabel Barbee Lee has written a rousing tale of early days in Cripple Creek, Colorado. She speaks with authority because she arrived there as a child in 1892, and with wide-eyed wonder saw the whole place turn to gold.With his divining rod, Mabel's father tapped gold ore on Beacon Hill but missed becoming a millionaire by selling his claim short. Nonetheless, life was richMabel Barbee Lee has written a rousing tale of early days in Cripple Creek, Colorado. She speaks with authority because she arrived there as a child in 1892, and with wide-eyed wonder saw the whole place turn to gold.With his divining rod, Mabel's father tapped gold ore on Beacon Hill but missed becoming a millionaire by selling his claim short. Nonetheless, life was rich for young Mabel in a booming town with points of interest like Poverty Gulch, the Continental Hotel, and a fantastic house called Finn's Folly; with characters around like the promoter Windy Joe and (seen from a distance) the madam Pearl De Vere; with something always going on, whether a celebration or a disastrous fire or train wreck or a no-nonsense miners' strike.Mabel Lee's book brings back a time and place with affection. The foreword is by Lowell Thomas, who was her pupil when she was a young schoolmarm in Cripple Creek....

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ISBN : 9780803279124
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 286 Pages
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Cripple Creek Days Reviews

  • Robert
    2018-11-06 05:20

    Cripple Creek Colorado, if you have not been there I highly suggest it. A beautiful little town that still has a bit of that old mining history remaining. The last time we were there you could still tour the Molly Kathleen mine. Since Colorado has now brought in a different kind of enterprise, limited stakes gaming, there are some pretty nice places to stay such as the Double Eagle. Well enough with the tour guide stuff and on to this book. Originally published in 1958 this one is an oldie, and it shows. The story, as it is written, does need some polish but that is a very minor detail for those wanting the real deal. This woman was there in the very early days when this was just a mining camp and gold fever was all over the hills. She grew up in Cripple Creek while her father attempted to find that always elusive strike. A very neat look back in time at this little town in Colorado, a place I still call home.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-17 00:19

    Very interesting account of Cripple Creek's early days, as seen through the eyes of a miner's daughter. These books I always find fascinating; they help me picture what Colorado looked like when it was being settled, particularly in the days of the gold rush, and it is neat to look at a map and visit these places now to see what they are like today.

  • Meriam Blair
    2018-10-22 23:23

    Wonderful historical fiction.

  • Ray Justus
    2018-11-19 21:37

    Mabs (the author's nickname) did a fantastic job of describing what it was like growing up in a small Colorado mining community in the shadow of Pike's Peak. We actually bought this book at the train station after having an early dinner in downtown Cripple Creek and then riding the historic Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. I think this knowledge and her writing style greatly enhanced her message.I never expected to get such a detailed account of the lives of the people who lived there. She did not candy-coat the sad events. While she experienced many tragedies during her life, she also lived through many unbelievably uplifting events. I'm convinced that Mabs truly loved the people of her youth.By the time you come to the end of the book you too will learn to understand, forgive and love many of those who, as the Bible says, trespassed against her.

  • Amron Gravett /Wild Clover Book Services
    2018-11-09 03:26

    "Cripple Creek, by 1902, had produced a total of $111,361,633 and between thirty-five or forty bonanza kings. But many who had stumbled into fortunes, in spite of themselves, had a faculty for shedding them."
This is a memoir of social life and culture of the rising gold mining industry in the Pikes Peaks region. It is complete with accounts of train wrecks, strikes, and even street fighting. The quality of detail and style of writing makes it a popular read often cited in history books on the topic over 50 years later.

  • Amber Kairalla
    2018-11-17 23:37

    I never studied Colorado history in elementary school because I didn't grow up here, so I took a college level Colorado history course during my last semester and this book was assigned reading! It's a quick read and more suited for young kids, but it gives a really cool up close and personal picture of life in a Colorado mining town. I found the references to places and historical people incredibly fascinating and I feel like I have a better handle on the timeline of the state's "settlement."

  • Michelle
    2018-11-18 02:43

    I really enjoy autobiographies, and this was one was interesting and pretty well written. It's not a big book, so it was a quick read. It's about the gold mining town called Cripple Creek, set in the late 1800s-early 1900s. I learned a lot about what it must have been like to be a miner and the hardships they faced -- and brought upon themselves, sometimes. A man could make and lose a fortune in a day!

  • Sarah
    2018-11-09 22:15

    A brief history of one the most prolific gold mining towns. Cripple Creek is just 45 minutes or so from here, so it was interesting for me to read. The author does a good job of including the most notable and/or bizarre events of the day. No battles (other than random drunk violence), so it was a little slow for me, but it did its job well.

  • Nancy Reinking
    2018-10-22 22:38

    A colorful historical look at Cripple Creek in its early days. Times were hard for everyone who lived there: some folks went from rags to riches and back to rags in a very short time. I had no idea what a dangerous place it was to live with all the epidemics, mine accidents, and a very high degree of lawlessness that pervaded. An interesting read, especially for Coloradans.

  • John E
    2018-10-29 01:34

    Mining camps are great places to grow up in. They are not lasting places so there is always a "sad" ending, either they become a ghost town or a tourist town. I, too, grew up in one in the 1950s and it was a great place with wonderful people with great personalities. Modern suburbia so so bland and modern cities are all alike (except NYC). A fun book.

  • Mylinda
    2018-11-08 04:39

    I'm really enjoying reading these first hand accounts of life about a hundred years ago right here where I live. This one was again about a miners life but from the perspective of the daughter. Very interesting.

  • Carrie Watson
    2018-10-21 04:23

    This was an amazing book! Mabel Barbee Lee had such a knack at making you feel like you were there living her life right beside her! It was so neat to learn some history of the areas I call home as well...just couldn't get enough of this one! :)

  • Jana
    2018-10-26 23:33

    A good book to learn a bit more of Colorado history- it was pretty entertaining, too! I want to go visit Cripple Creek now!

  • Michael
    2018-11-03 01:27

    Originally published 80-100 years ago.