Fire relay men pull a firefighting hose wagon down the main street in Cripple Creek, cheered on by a crowd of men, women and children lining the street. A person who appears to be a young boy races after the team. In addition to those lining the street, onlookers watch from windows, balconies and rooftops. At right are The Morning Times office, a hotel, a restaurant and other businesses. A note in the middle of the photo identifies the scene as “Cripple Creek Hose Race 1896,” but a note in the bottom left corner indicates the year is 1899. Cripple Creek was a town of about 50,000 people in 1900 and about 8,000 men worked in the gold mines, according to city historians.