The giant headframes that remain as ghosts of 1890's gold mining days will again light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek this holiday season. These unique mining artifacts, also called gallows frames by local miners, are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era.
Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek starting Friday of Thanksgiving Day weekend. The lights will be best viewed from public roads around the district after dark and will be in place Friday-Sunday nights in December through New Year’s Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting.
This holiday lighting tradition is 18 years old and is sponsored by Newmont Mining Company, on whose property most of the headframes are located. Volunteers staff the generators and line power connections each weekend. Other sponsors include an anonymous donor, Southern Teller County Focus Group and Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation. Support also comes from Black Hills Energy crews who help refurbish the lamps on the ornaments.
The Southern Teller County Focus Group and Newmont Mining Co. invite you to visit the historic City of Mines for a day, evening drive or weekend stay this holiday season to experience part of our good old-fashioned holiday spirit.