As the mining industry declined in Colorado, so did many of the state’s small mountain communities. Some once-thriving towns like St. Elmo, Crystal, and Animas Forks all but fell off the map. Others like Aspen, Telluride, and Breckenridge found new life as destination ski areas. Yet one Colorado town in Mineral County took a slightly different path.
The Creede Repertory Theatre was founded in 1966 when 12 students from the University of Kansas came to Creede, Colorado in response to a letter from the Junior Chamber of Commerce and a local pastor. The mining industry was in decline, and the town needed a new economic driver. KU Student Steve Grossman was the only one to heed the call, and with 11 other students they launched a summer theatre series in the town’s historic opera house.
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