In 1890 an old cowboy by the name of Bob Womack was the first person to strike it rich in the Cripple Creek District. Bob decided to celebrate by going down to the Colorado Springs area on a three day drinking spree. When he sobered up he found out he had sold his mine for $500. The new owners renamed the mine "The Gold King" and pulled over $5 million in gold from it. Bob died a poor man in his sister's house in Colorado Springs in 1909 but he never regretted selling his mine, he figured he got a lot of money for it and he was glad the new owners did too.
Seen in this image is a couple of power lines on an old telephone pole. This little valley, known as "Poverty Gulch" was filled to capacity during the gold rush days. Now reclaimed by aspen trees you can still see some of the old prospector holes.