“… Take your map and find Pike’s Peak. Then, with pencil, draw a shimmering line across the country, resembling the trail of cirrous cloud blown off the top of this lone sentinel that serves for a landmark far out on the prairies. Bear off to the north by west and you cross the district that is now a counterpart of the early history of Cripple Creek. It is known variously as North Cripple Creek, and, as you advance further north, or towards the Platte River, the traveler enters and passes through what is called West Creek. Away from the line of the railway (Colorado Midland), there is not a single idler in the camp, for labor is at a premium, and any one who can handle a tool is in demand. It is not the place of drones, and none of them are found here. It would require too much labor to erect a sleeping place for such as they, and, as they would not do it themselves, it is more befitting to give the camp the benefit of their absence. Five thousand men are here engaged in the frantic struggle for gold. The air is filled with talk of claims, leads, tunnels, shafts and drifts ….” WEST CREEK, OF MAGNETIC CHARM, by B. L. Winchell, UNDER THE CRUST, Pages 34 – 39; Passenger Department of the Gulf Road and The South Park Line, Denver, Colorado.
J. G. HIESTAND, Photographer
The Pemberton Cash Grocery & Market, Pemberton, Colorado, West Creek Gold Mining District, Colorado, circa 1895.
Boudoir card: No. 3, November 1897, Golden Gulch in West Creek Gold Mining District, photographed by J. G. Hiestand, Manitou Springs, Colorado.
Boudoir card: West Creek Gold Mining Camp, Colorado. November 14, 1895. J. G. Hiestand, No. 20.
Boudoir card: Homestead of G. M. Pemberton – Gold Mining Camp, West Creek, Colorado. J. G. Hiestand, #22, November 14, 1895.
Boudoir card: Pemberton (West Creek District), December 11, 1895. J. G. Hiestand, #35.
Boudoir card: West Creek — Pemberton, Colo. J. G. Hiestand, #96.
Boudoir card: West Creek — Pemberton, Colo. J. G. Hiestand, #98.
Boudoir card: West Creek — Pemberton, Colo. J. G. Hiestand, #106. “The Gold Brick” may either be a saloon or a mining company.
Boudoir card: West Creek, Colo. — Pemberton. J. G. Hiestand, #236.
HORACE S. POLEY, Photographer
Boudoir card: Pemberton, Looking Northwest (West Creek Gold Mining District, Colorado). Photograph by Horace S. Poley, circa 1895.
Boudoir card: Pemberton, West Creek Gold Mining District, Colorado, winter 1895. Hotel West Creek on left, foreground. Photograph by Horace S. Poley.