Cripple Creek Colorado, where our current job is, sits in the mountains at about 10,000 ft. The OLD gold rush in Cripple Creek was in the late 1800's and all that gold built all the lovely buildings that still line Bennett Avenue today.
Stunning examples of Victorian architecture at every turn of your head make it hard to walk down the streets. The reason these buildings are so well preserved is due to the NEW gold rush - casino gambling. The state of Colorado passed a law allowing casinos in historic buildings if they maintain the origional facade.
As you can see, they have done a great job. This blue and cream beauty is my favorite and although gambling is not one of my hobbies, I am always tempted to go in when I pass. For more information on Cripple Creek: www.VisitCrippleCreek.com