Draper – In 1765 John and Bettie Draper became the first settlers in what is now known as Draper Valley. Almost 100 years later (1886), the Draper depot was built as a stop on the Cripple Creek Extension, followed by the Post Office and Mercantile in 1887. The village of Draper became a bustling hub, boasting a milling company, doctors’ offices, and stores. After the decline of the area’s industrial land use, the Mercantile and other buildings in Draper were abandoned. They have since been restored and Draper provides a unique opportunity for shopping, food, and drink in a historical setting.