The Reality of the HIstory of Cripple Creek, Colorado
The way history is described depends on the story you're trying to tell. If described as adventurous, history can be glamorous. When the parts about the suffering, misery, and repression are left out - it's kinda fun. In Cripple Creek - it's about finding gold and striking it rich. The American Dream.
In the 1890s, Cripple Creek was just a pathway through the mountains marked by a few wooden buildings for travelers going to California.
The "Gift Shop of Misery" is it an idea whose time has come?
The glamorization of the history of Cripple Creek, Colorado takes away from the tremendous hardships people endured. The glossy history highlights