The historic mining town of Creede is nestled in a beautiful canyon 8,852 feet up in the San Juan Mountains. The town is roughly four blocks wide and 12 blocks long and has a year-round population of around 500.
In 1889 an extensive vein of silver was hit and the area’s population skyrocketed to 15,000. Bob Ford, the killer of Jesse James, owned a saloon in Creede and Calamity Jane and Bat Masterson lived in Creede. In 1893 the price of silver was cut in half and within a few weeks only two mines were still operational and the population dropped significantly.
Even though the town is small, there is a lot to do. We went to the Taste of Creede Festival this Memorial Day weekend.There were spinners and quilters:
Lots of beautiful flowers:
We didn’t take the time to go through the museums this trip. We’ll save those for another visit.
Cell from the first jail.
We had a lot of fun at the olive oil store and picked up a few items.