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Camera Roll » Creede
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Creede
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The historic 1890’s mining town of Creede is 22 miles west of South Fork on State Hwy 149. The first silver lode was discovered near Creede in 1890. Slab cities and tent towns like North Creede, East Creede, String Town, Jimtown, and Amethyst seemed to appear overnight. Fortunes were extracted from mines with colorful names such as Amethyst, Holy Moses, Commodore, Last Chance, and Kentucky Belle. Creede remained the only silver camp in production during the silver panic of 1893 because its ore was of particularly high quality. Characters such as Bob Ford (who killed Jesse James), Frank James, Martha Cannary (”Calamity Jane“)¬† and her pal Poker Alice, Bat Masterson and bunco artist “Soapy” Smith gave the town its reputation as one of the wildest mining camps in the state. Today¬† there are about 850 full-time residents in Mineral County.

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