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Teller County invokes a nostalgia of old-time Colorado, when hard-rock miners toiled and fortunes were made and lost in a heartbeat. I was a little kid the first time I was in Cripple Creek. My grandpa put a quarter in the one-armed bandit and let me pull the lever as part of our spur-of-the-moment exploration of the town. Now that my gambling exploits are things of the past, I'd recommend taking a look at the rest of Teller County; there's a lot of interesting history -- and secrets -- in the mountains west of town.

click to enlarge Kim Campbell
  • Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell
Writer
Neighborhood: Old North End

What's the strangest thing you've ever heard about Teller County? I've heard about those lightning balls. Some people that used to live there told me that balls of lightning form and they bounce around.

How often do you head up to Cripple Creek? I used to live up there and now, ever since gambling which I don't really like, I don't go that often. So probably four times a year.

What three things do you expect to find at the bottom of mine shafts? Number one: people -- probably Texans. Number two: ummm ... people, people, people.

Who was Teller and what did he do? [He] probably displaced some Indians.

click to enlarge Lacey Johnson-Rojas
  • Lacey Johnson-Rojas

Lacey Johnson-Rojas
Student
Neighborhood: Security

What's the strangest thing you've ever heard about Teller County? Piercings. People wandering around with piercings and tattoos all over their bodies.

How often do you head up to Cripple Creek? Oh my, I haven't been there in a year.

What three things do you expect to find at the bottom of mine shafts? Coal, oil, ore. Just rock -- that's all that's there. That's it.

Who was Teller and what did he do? A famous person in history. The guy they named Teller County after. An explorer, mapper, frontiersman?

click to enlarge Chris Jenkins
  • Chris Jenkins

Chris Jenkins
Purchasing and accounting
Neighborhood: Downtown

What's the strangest thing you've ever heard about Teller County? I know there's a confinement place up there where they send people ... military-wise as a holding cell until their trial comes up.

How often do you head up to Cripple Creek? Not that often, maybe once in a blue moon. But I haven't been up there since last year.

When's the last time you hit the jackpot? That'd be many moons ago, but last year I won some kind of big gift certificate.

Who was Teller and what did he do? I don't know if William Teller was a judge or a politician.

click to enlarge Jeff Leurell
  • Jeff Leurell

Jeff Leurell
Contractor
Neighborhood: Woodland Park

What's the strangest thing you've ever heard about Teller County? The scariest maybe ... some militant survivalists up there.

How often do you head up to Cripple Creek? Once a year.

When's the last time you won? I don't gamble. I don't gamble up there.

What three things do you expect to find at the bottom of mine shafts? Rocks, tools, who knows what else. Let your imagination wander on that one.

Who was Teller and what did he do? He was probably another one of those guys that exploited the miners, had something to do with killing all those miners back in the 1800s.

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