Cripple Creek casinos seek solution to housing shortage Faith Miller, Colorado Springs Independent · January 30, 2019 at 4:01 pm No matter where you work in Cripple Creek, housing is a gamble. Take it from Mark Campbell, who moved to the mountain town an hour’s drive from Colorado Springs about a month ago, after Cripple Creek City Council appointed him city administrator. He may hold the highest staff position in city government, but Campbell says he only found a house to rent because he “knew somebody who knew somebody who knew somebody.” The first “somebody” was Deb Downs, the city administrator of neighboring town Victor. Thanks to her connection’s connection, Campbell and his cat are happily situated in a historic house in Cripple Creek — which Campbell admits is probably too big for them, expensive to heat and in need of a paint job. But it’s something.