The History of Triple Crown Casinos

A look at the history of the Triple Crown Casinos wouldn't be valuable unless you first looked at the community where the casinos are located. It seems fitting that Cripple Creek has always been known as a town of gamblers, just a different type of gambling has occurred throughout the years.

All the way back in 1873, Ferdinand Hayden ordered a survey of Cripple Creek, hoping it would turn into a booming gold district. By 1894, the mining district contained 150 active miles, producing $3 million a year. All of the 5,000 residents also had electric arc lights and a sophisticated water system.

After all of the success and the arrival of the radio, the area was ravaged by devastating fires in 1896. On April 25, half of the city was destroyed, including a good portion of the business district. Just four days after, the rest of the district burned down, causing the town council to ban all wood construction. However, the people banded together and rebuilt the city out of stone and brick in just a few months.

Since then, Cripple Creek has continued to prosper and evolve until 1903. That's when one of the bloodiest labor strikes in the history of Colorado caused gold production to be cut in half. Then, in World War II, the mining of gold ceased, causing many of the facilities to be shut down.

The region once had a population of 50,000 people, but by the 1950s, only about 2,000 people still lived in the community.

To preserve the history of the town, the residents turned to tourism. In 1990, Colorado voters legalized gambling in the state, and the first casino opened in 1991.

While it isn't a gold mining town anymore, people are still striking it rich at the Triple Crown Casinos, which consists of The Midnight Rose Casino, McGill's Casino, and The Brass Ass Casino.

The Midnight Rose Casino

Located on the Main Street of Cripple Creek is The Midnight Rose Casino. This 9,300 square-foot casino first opened in August 1992. When you step inside the Victorian building, you are instantly transported to years gone by.

This unique building still houses the original woodwork, showcasing the elegant life that the settlers lived. Today, it is filled with helpful staff that goes above and beyond to treat guests like the VIPs they are. The atmosphere is unparalleled to any other, and the rooms are all state-of-the-art.

You can explore the two floors of gaming space and enjoy some of the top names, such as WMS, Aristocrat, and IGT. There is even a poker room onsite, or you can visit the other two casinos that are connected to the building.

After a long day of fun and games, check out one of the bars or restaurants before settling in for the night in one of our 60 modern rooms located at the top of the Victorian staircase.

McGills Casino

McGills Hotel & Casino opened in November 1997 and offers 7,500 square feet of adventure-filled space. In fact, it is considered the most spacious casino in Cripple Creek, with a massive selection of slot machines and video poker to choose from. The second level of the casino overlooks the main floor if you are looking for a bird's eye view of the action.

When all the winning gets you hungry, you can visit the convenient McGills Pint & Platter Pub on the main floor. While you will find the best pub fare offered here, don't overlook the tasty Mexican dishes too. When you relax at our historic bar, you are surrounded by three large TVs to catch the latest game. If you prefer, sit at our booths or tables to immerse yourself in rich Irish history.

When your pockets are full of money, and your belly is stuffed, you are ready to turn in. Don't leave the casino, but rather visit one of our stunning hotel rooms where you are just minutes from the action if you can't sleep.

The Brass Ass Casino

In June 2005, the 2,600 square-foot casino opened in one of Cripple Creek's most historic buildings. The Brass Ass Casino sets the perfect ambiance for a weekend of fun, with its vintage street lamps, original lighted signs from the Pool Hall, and western building façade. In fact, this casino was named after the painted wooden brass ass now located in one of the table games room. This brass donkey is one of the originals that launched the boats during the 1893 World Exposition held in Chicago.

It's simple to grab a bite at The Miner's Pick in between gameplay. You can enjoy something hot from the menu and wash it down with a specialty beverage. Because we also serve quick foods, such as pizza and sandwiches, you don't have to waste any time away from the action. When you are done for the night, stop in the gift shop for a unique souvenir and head next door to one of our classy hotel rooms.

The fun never needs to stop when you spend time at Triple Crown Casinos.

Visit Triple Crown Casinos in Cripple Creek

We know you are going to have the time of your life at the Triple Crown Casinos. Take in the sights, stroll the historic downtown area and visit one of the local museums. When your sightseeing is done, come mine for your winnings at one of our three prestigious locations, all nestled on the Main Street of Cripple Creek.

Shuttle Bus to Cripple Creek

With the help of Ramblin Express, you can park your car in a convenient location and come to the casino during your trip. Whether you are spending the day or weekend, the shuttle is always happy to take you back to your vehicle when the fun is over.

While onboard, make sure you relax and take in the beautiful scenery of the Colorado Mountains. The shuttle services Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Aurora, Arvada, and Lakewood. Plus, you can earn a Valuable Casino Bonus Offer that could earn you back your fare with some casino play. Alcoholic beverages are allowed during the trip, only making the experience even more enjoyable.


McGills Hotel and Casino
232 Bennett Ave,
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Phone Number: (719) 689-2446
Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino
256 Bennett Ave,
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Phone Number: (719) 689-0303
The Brass Ass Casino
264 Bennett Ave
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Phone Number: (719) 689-2104