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In 1890 the Upper Rio Grande Valley's fortunes changed dramatically when Nicholas Creede discovered a high-grade silver vein in Willow Creek above the present-day town of Creede. Creede was the last silver boom town in Colorado in the 19th century. Mining camps that eventually consolidated at the mouth of Willow Creek Canyon to form the town of Creede quickly swelled to over 10,000 in an area of only 0.6 square miles, to provide labor for the Amethyst, Holy Moses, Commodore, Last Chance and Kentucky Belle mines, among others. By 1892 over a million dollars in silver had been shipped from the mines.
Creede today depends on tourism for its survival, but this is still unspoiled Colorado, largely overlooked by most tourists. There are only 850 residents remaining in all of Mineral County today, roughly 300 of whom live in Creede, and the streets essentially shut down once the sun dips behind the Rocky Mountains. There's one small food market here, and one gas station. Creede is still, in a word, quaint.
Join us as we explore Creede and its history, its mines, and its dispersed RV camping or "boondocking." We'll even travel underground into the Last Chance Mine and participate in the burro races of the Creede Donkey Dash!
Filmed: June 6-13, 2021
- 0:00 Intro
- 1:15 Colorado's Upper Rio Grande Valley
- 3:02 Creede, Colorado
- 8:05 Camping in Creede
- 11:47 The Dyrt
- 12:54 Bachelor Loop Historic Mining Tour
- 17:29 Last Chance Mine
- 21:35 Creede Donkey Dash
- 27:10 Wrap-up
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- Last Chance Mine: http://lastchancemine.com/
- Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation http://wpba.bcconsulting.com/
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