Touring the Byway
135 miles | 6 Days / 5 Nights | Gateway City: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Plan to arrive in Colorado Springs in time to do a bit of exploring and take a trip up Pike’s Peak. On Day Three, after spending a full day exploring Colorado Springs, you’ll be heading for Florence, the Antiques Capital of Colorado. From Florence, it’s on to Victor on Phantom Canyon Road to begin exploring the story of the Cripple Creek and Victor Mining District. Next up, Cripple Creek, to explore more of the story of mining in the Old West, tour a present day mine and ride the narrow gauge railroad.
View the Detailed Itinerary below to see the full route, which is complete with dining, shopping, and lodging recommendations!
One of the more interesting stories in the region you’ll discover is that of Adeline Hornbeck, a determined mother who made a home for her four children in the 1870;s. Adeline originally came from Massachusetts with her husband, Simon Harker, to farm and raise cattle. When Harker died in 1864, Adeline faced life as a widow with three young children, managing to make money from crops and livestock. By 1866, she was able to purchase of a homestead, buying 80 acres for $100. Two months later she married Elliott Hornbek and had a son. In 1875 when Hornbek disappeared under mysterious circumstances, once again Adeline became the sole support for her family, continuing to manage a successful ranch.