Mound City Details
Status: Ghost Town
Elevation: 9,100 Feet ( 2,774 meters)
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County: View Teller County Mines
Date Settled: 1891
Current Population: none
Peak Population: At least 1,000
Primary Mineral: Gold
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Mound City History
Mound City was one of four towns that popped up in Squaw Gulch following the Cripple Creek gold boom that started in 1890. Mound City was built around two large ore mills that serviced the mines of the Cripple Creek District.
The town was established in 1891 and is said to have had up to two thousand residents within a few years. In 1900 around a thousand people still lived here.
Mound City had numerous commercial businesses, including three grocery stores, two meat markets, and at least two saloons.
Mound City's largest mill was the Brodie Mill which operated until 1900. When the mill shut down, the town started to decline. By the latter half of the decade most people had moved on to other towns in the district, and Mound City was absorbed by Anaconda, the largest settlement in Squaw Gulch at the time.