Monday, August 10, 2009

Blue Monday: Charming Houses of Cripple Creek

I have mentioned before that one of my favorite places in the world is Cripple Creek Colorado. I love how the little town is nestled among the large Mountains of Colorado. There is plenty of charm from days gone by, one just needs to stop and take a look around.

My late mother in law, Pat, and I always talked about wanting to own a house in town. Most all of the houses are just loaded with charm. Many are close to being well over 100 years old, while many of the houses peppered in the mountains are indeed that old or older. I love driving down the streets and looking at all the little houses, most built very close together and think about what life must have been like here in this little Gold Mining town when the Gold Rush was in full swing.

Just look at this Blue Beauty. I absolutely love all the colors used in this house. This little gem was for sale, but even in the economy the way it is was still out of my price range. I found the real estate office on line and this house was listed for $365,000.00. Now that made me blue........

Now, here is another house that just had me drooling. Notice the beautiful shades of blue in the trim of the house. We looked in all the windows, and read the information about this home. Most of the inside is still original from the 1800's. The hardwoods, the lamps, the molding, fireplace, all the light fixtures were original. When I saw the light fixtures in the dining room and living room, I was shocked at such beauty. You could tell this place in its day was the crowning jewel of this town. It sat on a small hill, just outside the main part of town, but still an easy walking distance to all the hustle and bustle of a mining town. I could picture myself here, enjoying the mountain views and being queen of this castle. I loved this place.

Another charming part of this house was the fence that surrounded the property. I loved it, all the colors and splendor had my head spinning. I felt like I could hear my mother in law whispering what a great place this would be.

Here is a view from one of the neighborhood streets, you will notice the house in the distance has a beautiful blue roof. That Blue Ford truck is Steve's pickup, he was patiently waiting for me to take my photos....well, not so patiently....but waiting he was!

Hope you enjoyed a look at some historic homes in Cripple Creek Colorado.

Be sure to visit Sally at Smiling Sally's Blog for a Great Blue Monday with lots of beautiful blues to see today. It makes a great way to start off the week.


  1. Hi Suzanne! Happy Blue Monday to you!
    Those houses are charming. I love the older/vintage homes because they just literally seem to ooze real personality :0). A few days ago I posted about houses in my area that I lllooovvveee :0)
    I hope you have a fab day!

  2. Beautiful...I LOVE those Colorado mountain towns...I haven't been through Cripple Creek for a few're making me want to head back. We were just in Steamboat Springs but had no time to drive around was too large for me...give me the back country please. Crested Butte has some wonderfully colorful homes also...we would be laughed off our street but they look so at home in the mountains. Thanks for sharing...a very happy post for me.

  3. Love those Victorian houses!I dream too!

  4. They are very charming, Suzanne. I own a Victorian in St. Augustine, but these have far more detail in terms of the fishscale shingles and decorative trim. They are a lot of work to maintain, but they do have charm.

    Some day I would love to visit Colorado. It looks like such a lovely place. My husband has two cousins who live there.


    Sheila :-)

  5. I'm drooling too. What quaint houses. Way out of my price range.

  6. Charming blue houses.
    Happy Blue Monday

  7. I'll chip in and we can get that house together, Suzanne! We could make it a little B&B just for our bloggy friends.
    Be sure to check out my book giveaway. I've got something for everyone, even husbands.

  8. The lady of the house in the homes would truly be the Queen of the Castle. Beautiful. The creative detail in these old homes always amazes me.

  9. I've mentioned before that Cripple Creek is very close to where I live (as the crow flies). We haven't been to CC for awhile - need to go. Thanks for sharing today. Sally

  10. Hi, Suzanne...these houses are so so fabulous. I would LOVE to own one, myself.:)

    We are coming to Colo. for a week or so NEXT week..just wondered where you are located in relation to Fun Valley, Creede, Pagosa Springs? Boy, I would love it if you are close and we could meet one day. Pls. let me know just where you are....

  11. Well the first house just goes with my chocolate blues. Thanks for stopping by for a little visit ;-)

  12. What delightful houses you've found to share. I've heard of but never visited Cripple Creek. Your post makes me want to be sure to get myself there one day. Thanks for visiting my Monday Multi-tasking at Sacred Ruminations earlier. It's nice to discover your wonderful blog and I'll definitely return as time permits ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

  13. LOL Oh the life of the husband of a blogger! They must learn patience. LOL
    Thanks for sharing. I do love those little houses. Happy Blue Monday.

  14. Howdy
    Happy Blue Monday to you .
    What a fabulous group of photos.
    I do love to see the older victorian stlye houses.
    Thank you for sharing these beautiful houses with us today.
    Have a wonderful rest of the week.
    Blessings of joy to you .
    Happy Trails

  15. Understandable that you would want to live there.
    Beautiful places!

  16. These homes are wonderful to see. Oh how I would love to know the families who lived there and learn about their lives. I like the idea of the gal who said you could both chip in and buy it, and make it a quilt retreat place...sounds like Elm Creek Manor~! I would come!

  17. Hi Suzanne, We didn't get to Cripple Creek and now I am so sad we didn't. Bo was supposed to meet us there and we had hotel reservations too. Bo, and her hubby couldn't handle the high altitude and everything changed. sigh. The old Victorian homes are so charming. I love old towns with the beautiful old homes to admire.

    Miramont Castle is about a block off the main road to the Cog Railway. You can see it from that road. When we spotted it we didn't stop that day. We went back a few days later. It was fascinating to visit. I will post more on Thursday with some history. I will also link it so whoever is interested can read it on the computer. The history is looong so I will just highlight some of the castle's past.

    We loved our visit to your awesome cabin. I think Bo was a bit intimidated because it is remote. We were thrilled to be there.

    Love ya, Jeanne

  18. Hi Suzanne
    I'm so glad that Steve stopped so you could take those lovely pictures.
    I love that little house too! So cute and so nice and blue. Its a bit pricey for being such a little one though.

    That is a lovely neighbourhood shot. I know why you like it to much....thank you for sharing


  19. Hi Suzanne! I did enjoy seeing these fun houses from Cripple Creek. What an interesting name for a creek or a town :0)

  20. Lovely blue homes - can you imagine painting all those colors and not dripping one color on the other?

  21. I simply must get out West. We were going to come out last year but the gas prices went so high we gave up the idea.

    I would love to see these sights in person!

    Thank you for visiting Hospitality Lane today.

    Becky K.

  22. Oh those houses are just so charmingly cute! LOVE all the detail! I can see why you love that area so...I have never been to Colorado..hope to one day!

    Happy Blue Monday and thank you SO much for stopping by today!


    ~Let FREEDOM Ring!~

  23. I do love Cripple Creek and would like to go back someday when I have more time to look around.

  24. Hi Suzanne, thanks for sharing these cute and unique houses.I have never been to Colorado, but have some blogging friends from there!!!

    My sister lives in N.C. and has a great mountain view from her living room..I live on the coastline of Georgia and have the Ocean to enjoy..the best of both worlds..

    Come visit my blog anytime..I love to meet new people..
    Hugs, Baba

  25. That town looks so sweet! I don't blame you for dreaming of owning a home there!! I so enjoyed the blues----especially that roof!! Hope you had a great Blue Mon. Dana

  26. You are right about the town, how chrming it is! I love that house with a circular verandah, so pretty!...Christine

  27. We like Cripple Creek too!
    It's worth the drive up mountain to see it. Lots of charm is there, for sure.
    My mom-in-law lives in Woodland Park, so it's not far to go at all to CC.

  28. Nothing better than taking a trip to Cripple Creek. I will go anyway I can, even by the way of blog. I do not remember ever seeing these houses, but then, I was not looking for things blue. Yes, you are right, I never leave home without my little digital camera. I have gone blog crazy!

  29. Good evening Suzanne. I love your blue monday post. The houses are just beautiful. I love neighborhoods that have a variety of homes instead of just track homes. Very pretty.

  30. Hello happy Blue Monday, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment! Charming houses!
    Have a great week!
    Bless you, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  31. I did enjoy. The first house - Those details atop with wavy patterns looks interesting. I like this house. Small compared to others but beautifully done :-) Of course, I'm sure everybody would love to have a house on a hill overlooking the town LOL And to have the original woodwork and some furniture from way back is just wonderful.

    Happy Blue Monday!


  32. I agree. Those old houses are so charming!

  33. Love those painted houses.I love to look at houses !

  34. it is nice to see all those fine houses. And as you said, it is all one can afford. We don´t have that kind of houses in Sweden. Somehow it´s a pitty.
    Thanks for sharing.

  35. What beauties!I too love old houses,such history in them.Hope you buy one soon.

  36. oh so pretty. amazing homes. i love colorado mountain towns. so many gems.

  37. The first blue house is perfect. I do think I could move in without seeing the inside. Love that blue roof too.


  38. What a charming place ---and great houses. Imagine how difficult it would be to keep the paint looking great ---and expensive to have painters do it like this, rather than just slopping on one shade. But it looks like a great place to live.

    Thanks for stopping by my Blue Monday entry ---I left a response to your comment there.


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