DescriptionA relative latecomer to Colorado's roster of boomtowns—the first silver lode was uncovered in 1889—Creede remained the only silver camp in production during the silver panic of 1893; its mines consistently produced $10 million annually. The industry continued for nearly 100 years until the last mine closed in 1985.
Characters such as Bob Ford (who killed Jesse James), Martha (“Calamity Jane”) Cannary and her pal Poker Alice, Bat Masterson and bunco artist “Soapy” Smith gave the town its reputation as one of the wildest camps in the state.
Plays at the nationally acclaimed Creede Repertory Theatre occur from the end of May through September; phone (719) 658-2540. The town also hosts festivals, concerts, bike rallies, mountain runs and art exhibits. The nearby San Juan Mountains and Rio Grande National Forest provide outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the year.
Visitor InfoCreede-Mineral County Chamber of Commerce 904 S. Main St. CREEDE, CO 81130. Phone:(719)658-2374 or (800)327-2102
Self-guiding toursBrochures outlining a 17-mile driving tour of the historic mining district, as well as walking tours featuring Victorian-era buildings and art galleries are available for $2 at the chamber of commerce.
Things to SeeCreede Museum
FishingRio Grande Anglers