Cripple Creek - Thursday
It had been quite a while, the last time I was here I won $80 in 5 minutes in a small casino in an old building on the main drag:
This time, not so lucky. Most of the casinos were new, in faux old-time buildings. Most of the older casinos were out of business. I managed to lose $40 almost instantly in one of the new ones, I took that as an omen and spent the rest of the time there strolling around the back streets and alleys, lots of apparently abandoned properties:
The air was cold, but the sun was warm, a few solitary figures made use of the benches:
Cripple Creek started as a gold rush town. There are still plenty of folks trying to "strike it rich" here, but the house always wins in the end.