Colorado Experience: Creede – The Last Boom Town

Colorado Experience: Creede – The Last Boom Town

In so many ways, the story of Colorado is the story of mining. And Creede stands as one of the last mining towns of its kind. So many mines and their legacies were abandoned over the years – and nearly lost forever. But a handful of heroes have staked a claim on history by preserving these sites. From mining boom towns to ghost towns – it’s all here.


  1. kat Mats on May 31, 2022 at 8:12 am

    I think Creede is the best places. I live in South Fork. Buy in Creede. The tax is much lower and better services. From the hardwear store to getting your hair cut.

  2. Tron on May 31, 2022 at 8:14 am

    I am a colorado resident and recently learned from some family stories that my family were some of the original settlers on Del Norte and Creede Colorado, which has led me to discover more about the history of these areas. Thanks for the video

  3. Todd Corl on May 31, 2022 at 8:14 am

    This was a great video!! Meaning someday I want to get to creeds! Looks wonderful!! Thank you for a great video!

  4. E180 TEKNO on May 31, 2022 at 8:15 am

    I live in France I am therefore French but it irritates me when I hear that the usa has no history "lol" whereas the history is very rich for us in 100 years it is to unroll the equivalent of 200/300 years in the USA compare to Europe.
    in short !!! the documentary is nice very nice really i like this channel i watch very often this channel.
    I have often noticed that in the old period photos of the farwest you very very rarely see revolvers on the belt like in the movies? I notice in relation to Hollywood film (although I know that in fact Hollywood has greatly degraded the facts of the farwest)

  5. Dennis Young on May 31, 2022 at 8:16 am

    “It’s day all day in the daytime,
    And there is no night in Creede.”

  6. Joyce Talbot on May 31, 2022 at 8:17 am

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  7. Jayne Hinds on May 31, 2022 at 8:18 am

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  8. Diane LovesALotofLife on May 31, 2022 at 8:21 am

    She states "Bob Ford was a gentleman, who killed Jesse James"….really? Bob Ford was a coward POS. Only a coward would purposely shoot someone, anyone, in the back. That is no gentleman. Glad he was killed.

  9. Brett Jolly on May 31, 2022 at 8:21 am

    PBS is a courroupt terrorist pos

  10. Freeman Z on May 31, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Cool …but…
    The roles of women are sadly ignored here. As men ripped out Earth’s innards, their purportedly Christian women were subjected to prostitution, for example. Those women were worse off than Miners. Hollywood says they got rich, went straight and opened a motel. A more likely outcome might be poverty, disease, ineligibility for marriage and early death in some scrap-built hovel. The elimination of women’s History and women’s WORK from this is a sad omission. Mining today is the SINGLE industry with the lowest women, and they are having to blaze trails now that should long ago have been paved.
    How many times are MEN mentioned?
    How many times Women?
    If we could STOP writing half the population out of HIS-tory….. that’d be GREAT.
    -Some old white guy

  11. tommy on May 31, 2022 at 8:23 am

    yeh I guess, if you want to live in a big ditch 😀

  12. RTLichable on May 31, 2022 at 8:24 am

    While prospecting the area nearby, I ran into Jack, a few years after he acquired the Last Chance. Had a fascinating conversation, telling me about the history and his plans to reopen the mine for tours. The documentary doesn’t mention how some of the silver ore from the Last Chance was among the highest grade ever found anywhere in North America.

  13. Katherine A. Williams on May 31, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Edward O’ Kelly, anyone?

  14. Margia Giles Vander Veur on May 31, 2022 at 8:27 am


  15. Mark Morris on May 31, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Fantastic little town with great mining history….the Bachelor loop is a revelation and offers great views of town towards the end at the Bulldog mine….trying to match up the town of Bachelor from a photo of what it used to look like with the field that is there now is really interesting!

  16. Brian Nave on May 31, 2022 at 8:29 am

    After watching this great documentary, I’ve decided to visit Creede someday.

  17. JD L on May 31, 2022 at 8:30 am

    What the hell, just leave…It’s time.

  18. Bad grampa Gramps on May 31, 2022 at 8:31 am

    That guys homeland security t shirt is crazy and I’m pretty sure is a hate crime charge just horrible

  19. Casey Sanders on May 31, 2022 at 8:31 am

    12:52 Were whiskey shots $1.00 back then? That seems very expensive as I can get one now for $3.00

  20. nmelkhunter1 on May 31, 2022 at 8:32 am

    My paternal great granddad was a silver miner in New Mexico and Colorado. According to my grandmother, he was tough as nails, but a teddy bear with his grandkids. Much respect to an important part of the backbone of the country.

  21. TailorMadeCrypto on May 31, 2022 at 8:32 am

    in other words, the Indians were doing fine until the white man came it

  22. riverraisin1 on May 31, 2022 at 8:32 am

    If I had a nickle for every bonanza discovery story that included hunting down a lost donkey, I’d be rich.

  23. lunar Skies on May 31, 2022 at 8:33 am

    Love my beautiful colorful Colorado! The most beautiful state in the US.

  24. Arlen Margolin on May 31, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Back in the early eighties a friend and I were looking to find some real good snow and back in the four corners region there was a ton of snow falling at Wolf Creek pass and all the other areas so we decided we would check out Wolf Creek which ended up being tons of snow but nothing of a mountain but after we found out our skiing experience was to be minimal we decided to do a tour again being middle of winter we stumble into a town called Creed and wow talk about a ghost town that really was a ghost town there was probably four people in the whole town at that time from what I could see the only thing that we were able to do I think was take a tour of the fire department which had not only a fire department in there but the darkest place one could find anywhere I don’t know there was something about how dark it was I’m not sure anyway after a big blizzard blew through and we were camping in my van we woke up pretty Frozen and proceeded to drive to del Norte and we had two little holes scraped in the windshield through the ice and our guns on the dashboard cuz we were trying to practice shoot and we get pulled over by a cop who just looked at us and said you got to be kidding me and let us go I thought that was the coolest thing

  25. Melanie Brantner on May 31, 2022 at 8:34 am

    I agree the channel is

  26. christopher miller on May 31, 2022 at 8:41 am

    I am speaking from North Wales UK. Every time I watch these history channels in whatever State it is, there are always surnames I can find in any phone directory in the UK,including some which are very old in the UK, and that is before they emigrated to the States.
    I wish Creede all the best.

  27. kayakchrispy on May 31, 2022 at 8:41 am

    They went to the Yukon

  28. Kent Courtney on May 31, 2022 at 8:43 am

    I have the 1988 “Trails Among the Columbine” ,which includes a section on the Denver and Rio Grande Creede Branch. This video filled in some gaps in my knowledge of Creeed. I am so grateful that you did this segment.

  29. Edward Miller on May 31, 2022 at 8:44 am

    Very interesting!

  30. Marianne Helvey on May 31, 2022 at 8:45 am

    to the mine

  31. . K on May 31, 2022 at 8:46 am

    That was beautiful, thank you!

  32. George Fulton on May 31, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Visited for a couple of days last September. Loved it.

  33. Robert Marino on May 31, 2022 at 8:46 am

    In the 70 ‘s I met family members of the hustlecuss & a man named burger red a miner , special people ! Memories !

  34. tommy on May 31, 2022 at 8:49 am

    Those people are deceiving everybody in their tribute festivals. They did not have pneumatic drills nor motorized mining cars in the 19th century.

  35. X VSJ on May 31, 2022 at 8:51 am

    Excellent story, I will definitely visit “Creede” 2021 👍🚒 xx Jesse

  36. Michael Tang on May 31, 2022 at 8:51 am

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  37. Allan Davis on May 31, 2022 at 8:52 am

    I really love the PBS system in the United States, the history of a state in one place from the Declaration of Independence to recent events, extremely well made documentaries and topics that to most viewers would be dry and uninteresting but hearing that history from the descendants of the original story and the local experts make it fresh, interesting and informative, however, one thing that I have noticed in all the documentaries that involve the indigenous peoples is that the acquisition of their lands, when and why, are well documented, but how those lands were obtained is very very rarely mentioned, and I wonder why that is???, obviously that subject can be a sticky issue to address given that most historians say that sometimes the land was purchased for a pittance or they were just taken, hence the Indian wars, I appreciate that some don’t want to address that issue, but history is not just about the good events but the bad as well, and by ignoring that history it distorts that history until it isn’t truly accurate.
    If my opinion has offended anyone all I can say is that it wasn’t my intention to offend, but to express my personal opinion.
    Thanks for sharing this interesting and informative film 🎥😀👍🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

  38. Chevy4x4dawg on May 31, 2022 at 8:53 am

    Camped North of Creede near old Bachelor town site. Was amazing place!!! So pretty and natural. All the old preserved mine sites and the environmental work done is in amazing harmony!

  39. d jack on May 31, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Where were the houses of ill repute ? lol

  40. Michelle Boyes on May 31, 2022 at 8:56 am

    I totally agree with you, that should be all cultures.Thanks for sharing.

  41. rahkin rah on May 31, 2022 at 8:57 am

    So glad I found this series. thank you.

  42. Burnt Tranny Garage on May 31, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Jack rocks! (no pun intended). I really hope to meet him and tour his mine someday. From Aurora with love, Creede is gorgeous with an amazing history.

  43. victor flores on May 31, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Just love Creede. First visited in about ’73 as an 8 yo kids, been back many times, and on up to Little Squaw, and through the mntns to Silverton. Even hiked a few 100 mile loops all around the San Juans. Only place that’s come close to that beauty (for me) was up Machu Pichu, in Peruvian Andes,… and I have been up and down the Rockies, SN, Chile, Switzerland, France, and Austria ! That’s how pretty that amazing place is – So glad it has been preserved for my grandkids (someday)

  44. harold vonhelms on May 31, 2022 at 8:58 am

    old powder goes up a 6oz. leave it alone in the old mines

  45. Chriss Taylor on May 31, 2022 at 9:00 am

    A great film ,hope to visit later this year

  46. Harrison Funderburk on May 31, 2022 at 9:02 am

    This documentary is what really made me fall in love with the mining history in Colorado. I always grew up coming out to Colorado in the summer but just recently started traveling the country out of my camper and I just can’t seem to drag myself away from Colorado and all it’s beautiful nature and rich history

  47. randy rysdale on May 31, 2022 at 9:02 am

    that coward , who shot mr howard

  48. blastman8888 on May 31, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Some of the best mine tours are in Colorado because they never closed them kept the 19th century equipment going preserved it so well.

  49. Mark Morris on May 31, 2022 at 9:07 am

    It’s a fantastic town I recommend anybody that hasn’t been there go up and see the place and do the bachelor loop and when you get to the town of bachelor there’s one old cabin that’s falling down there but you can see in the summer the lilies that are growing out of the ground that are descendants from the lilies that they had back in the 1800s and they still grow…!

  50. Bob Chauncey on May 31, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Our family has enjoyed Creede many times

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