The Gold Camp's hotel, constructed in the 1930s, was originally a mess hall-bunkhouse for the Fairbanks Exploration Company. The structure is at the center of Ester Camp Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ester Camp once housed workers for the massive gold dredging operation that tore millions of dollars worth of gold from the gravels of Cripple and Ester Creeks. Hundreds of feet of overburden had to be stripped away before Dredge No. 10 could begin operating in the Cripple Creek drainage.