The Museum’s History
Opening in 1953, the Cripple Creek District Museum was a community effort to boost tourism and preserve the area’s critical role in the history of the Gold Rush. Then, as now, the mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the history and culture of the Cripple Creek Mining District, Teller County, and surrounding area of the District.
After the museum was established, the Museum Board purchased the Colorado Trading and Transfer Company (T & T) building, which is adjacent to the District Museum. It was first used for Museum storage and, eventually, a gift shop. The current Museum Board is forming area partnerships to develop interpretive displays about the history and the future of mining in the Cripple Creek District.