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Victor was founded in 1891, shortly after Winfield Scott Stratton discovered gold nearby. The town was named after the Victor Mine.

The town boomed as the surrounding Cripple Creek mining district quickly became the most productive gold mining district in the United States. Although Victor’s fame was overshadowed by that of its neighbor, Cripple Creek, many of the best gold mines of the Cripple Creek district were located at Victor, including Stratton’s Independence Mine and Mill and the Portland mine.

The Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company formed in 1976 as a joint venture to restart mining in the district. From 1976 to 1989, the company produced 150,000 troy ounces (4,600 kg) of gold by reprocessing tailings and mining two small surface deposits. The Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company began the first large-scale open pit mining in the district in 1994.[7] The Cresson mine open pits are located a few miles north of Victor. Mining continues today under the ownership of AngloGold Ashanti, producing about 330,000 troy ounces (10.3 metric tons) of gold annually.

Victor Colorado Participating Businesses

Lodging:

The Olympia Hotel 106 North Fourth, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-5952

Victor Hotel Fourth Steet & Victor Avenue, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-3553

Retail:

Gallery 80860 102 S. 4th Street, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-3529

Kinai Kinnik Emporium 318 Victor Avenue, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)476-0236 – kinnikinnik@rocketmail.com

Victor Trading Company & Manufacturing Works 114 S. Third, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-2346

Ajor Renee Boutique 104 Spicer Avenue, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-3015

Antiques and Stuff 6795 Colorado, Commerce City, CO 80022 – (303)689-1229 barbaramcmillan45@gmail.com

Marigold Mercantile 120 S. Third, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-3011

Claim Jumper 106 North 3rd, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-3601 – g.thurs@yahoo.com

Dining:

Dirty Sally’s 306 Victor Avenue, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-5716 – 10RHDL1959@gmail.com

Gold Camp Bakery 112 South Third Street, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-6300

Fortune Club 300 Victor Avenue, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-2623 – suebellek@comcast.net

The Junk Posse 106 North Fourth, Victor, CO 80860 – (574)524-0833

Have Style Will Travel 124 South Dewey Street, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-???? – knkgorman@ccunet.net

Nana’s Attic 602 Victor Avenue, Victor, CO 80860 – (303)324-4030 – marilynfay@earthlink.net

Museums:

Victor’s Gold Camp Ag & Mine Museum 102 S 2nd Street, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)651-5569

Victor Lowell Thomas Museum 3rd Street & Victor Avenue, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-5009

Supporting Businesses:

J.E.T. Service 401 Victor Avenue, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-2325 – toningu1@aol.com

Motherlode Liquors 415 Victor Avenue, Victor, CO – (719)689-5701 – dschroer36@hotmail.com

BPOE Victor Elks #367 Corner of 3rd & Diamond, Victor, CO – (719)689-2974

Rocky Mountain Soccer Camp 100 Dewey, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-5547

The City of Victor partnering with Victor Trilogy of Metals Committee 500 Victor Avenue, Victor, CO 80860 – (719)689-2284

The Highlander Meeting House 305 Victor Avenue, Victor, CO 80860 – thehighlandermeetinghouse@gmail.com