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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Donkeys at Cripple Creek

In 1890, Robert Womack discovered gold ore in Cripple Creek, which started the last great Colorado gold rush. Donkeys were an integral part of the mining process, creating reliable transportation over the dangerous slopes. These steadfast animals can still be found in Cripple Creek today.

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Date Taken: 12.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Copyright: © Joanna Patterson-Cross