Taphophile Tuesday: Winfield Scott Stratton
American prospector and philanthropist, Winfield Scott Stratton (1848–1902) He became Cripple Creek district's first millionaire in 1894. Not only was Stratton rich, he was generous. After the Cripple Creek fire of 1896, Stratton paid for food and shelter for the thousands left homeless by the fire.
When Stratton died, he left the bulk of his estate for the establishment of the Myron Stratton Home, for "the aged poor and dependent children;" named for his father Myron Stratton, which sits on over 100 acres and is still in use today, mainly for the elderly.
Stratton's other legacies include a trolley system connecting Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs; the ground on which the current Colorado Springs City Hall stands; and money to complete the Short Line railroad.
He is a fine example to each of us of kindness towards strangers who are in need of the extra help and encouragement. He is buried in our local Evergreen Cemetery along with this gorgeous stone marker.
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