Thanks to al for a great 2023 Gold Rush Days!Join us in celebrating 130 years of mining heritage
at Victor Gold Rush Days July 19-21, 2024 in historic Victor, Colorado – the
City of Gold Mines.
Throughout the entire three days, activities will
include gold panning, a parade, kids fun, guided history tours*, and a variety of food and merchandise vendors.
While in town, check out our merchants, museums and
eateries located in the designated National Historic District. Take a little trip and step back in time! If you decide to stay over there are several
lodging accommodations available.
*Advanced reservations for these activities are
recommended and can be booked at
The History of Gold Rush Days
In 1895 the town hosted the “World Celebration” in celebration of the town's incorporation as a city July 16, 1894, and honored Victor C. Adams, one of Victor’s original settlers, and the man Victor was named after. Because mining moved into the area and changed the face of the town, the celebration was next billed as the “Annual Miners Reunion” and consisted of a carnival and street parade.
The Miners Reunion continued until 1899 when a fire destroyed most of downtown Victor and some of the surrounding residential areas. Following the fire, the next celebration was in 1904. Ringling Brothers was the featured attraction. They set up their “big top” at the corner of Fourth Street and Victor Avenue. The famous picture of the tight-wire walker balancing on the wire above a street full of people is said to have been taken during this celebration. The population of Victor was approximately 8,000 people at that time.
The celebration continued uninterrupted until WWI when the celebration was stopped for two years. After the war, it started up again in 1918. The main attractions at that time were the hard rock drilling contests and the timed races of all the fire departments in the district.
After WWII the name changed and the event lapsed for a time; in 1961 the town started celebrating the annual summer festival as Gold Rush Days. During this period, Lowell Thomas, Governor Ralph Carr and other dignitaries came to ride in the parade and enjoy the fun with the Victor residents.
Gold Rush Days has continued uninterrupted since it claimed that name until 2020 when COVID-19 safety concerns forced cancellation of the event. In 2021 the event was revived and the event is going full speed ahead each year bringing fun and excitement to the downtown.