McFarland to speak on Cripple Creek railroads and mines

       “The Railroads & Mines of the Cripple Creek District” is the title of a program scheduled by local historian Mel McFarland Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1 the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
       The program, organized by the volunteer Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), is free.
       According to a press release, the Cripple Creek District “was home to over 100 mines and 5 railroads and became the world's richest gold camp 100 years ago. Once operating 24 hours a day year 'round, the gold camp became dormant for many years. Come step back a century to see the importance of the railroads during its heyday.”
       McFarland has published books on the railroads of the area and writes a history column for several area newspapers, including the Westside Pioneer. Railroading talks he has given at the History Center in the past two years have drawn close to 100 people each time.
       The center, owned and operated by the OCCHS, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, call the History Center at 636-1225.

From a press release