This month we’re taking a look at mining, the history of it in Colorado, and how towns have evolved as the ebb and flow of the industry cycles through.

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Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine
Roundtable: The Past, Present, and Future
Examining the Relationship between Gaming and Mining
Leadville: Climax Mine Reopens
Old Man Stratton

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Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine

Cripple Creek and Victor Mine Trip

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Roundtable: Past, Present, and Future

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Examining the Relationship between Gaming and Mining

Cripple Creek is a gold-mining town, since the first lodes were found in the 1890s until the present day. It’s also a gaming town, with limited-stakes gambling approved by voters in 1991. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska investigates these two industries’ complex relationship with the city and with each other.

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Leadville: Climax Mine Reopens

For Leadville in Central Colorado, it’s the beginning of a new era. The Climax mine just north of town recently reopened for the first time in nearly two decades. It used to be something of a beating heart for Leadville, with thousands of jobs. When it closed, the town struggled to stay alive. Climax is up and running again, but this time with a lot fewer workers, and the town’s economy has largely moved away from the mining industry. KRCC’s Elise Thatcher went to Leadville to find out what it means to have the Climax mine open again.

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Old Man Stratton

Few rags-to-riches stories are as American as the story of Winfield Scott Stratton. His name now adorns street signs, buildings and parks throughout the Pikes Peak Region, but the story of just how hard he worked to become the working man’s gold baron is a true Cripple Creek melodrama.

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