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Central City-Black Hawk-Nevadaville, Colorado

On May 6, 1859, John H. Gregory followed Clear Creek upstream looking for gold. As he pulled a low tree branch out of the way and began to pan the creek, he discovered what was later called the "The Gregory Lode". Located in a gulch between what later became Central City and Black Hawk,Colorado, he staked the first of many mining claims in the vicinity. Immediately prospectors flocked to the region and within two months, the population grew to 10,000 people seeking their fortunes. The Clear Creek Mining District was so rich with ore it became known as the "Richest Square Mile on Earth.”

Black Hawk and Nevadaville got their starts at the same time. Black Hawk is just about 1.5 miles east of Central City. Nevadaville is about four miles to the southwest, following a winding mountain road.

Black Hawk, CO - Bobtail Mine

Black Hawk, CO - Bobtail Mine

Black Hawk, CO - Bobtail Mine Interior

Black Hawk, CO - Bobtail Mine Interior

Black Hawk, CO - Main Street

Black Hawk, CO - Main Street

Black Hawk, CO - Street

Black Hawk, CO - Street

Central City, CO - Area Snow

Central City, CO - Area Snow

Central City, CO - Boodle Mill

Central City, CO - Boodle Mill

Central City, CO - Knights of Pythia Cemetery

Central City, CO - Knights of Pythia Cemetery

Central City, CO - Mining & Town View

Central City, CO - Mining & Town View

Central City, CO - Opera House

Central City, CO - Opera House

Central City, CO - Quaint Street

Central City, CO - Quaint Street

Central City, CO - Ruins

Central City, CO - Ruins

Central City, CO - Snow

Central City, CO - Snow

Central City, CO - Street

Central City, CO - Street

Central City, CO - Teller House

Central City, CO - Teller House

Central City, CO - Teller House Interior

Central City, CO - Teller House Interior

Central City, CO - Gilpin County Courthouse

Central City, CO - Gilpin County Courthouse

Central City, CO - Methodist Church

Central City, CO - Methodist Church

Nevadaville, CO - Bon-Ton Saloon

Nevadaville - Bon-Ton Saloon

Nevadaville, CO - Business Buildings

Nevadaville - Business Buildings

Nevadaville, CO - City Hall

Nevadaville, CO - City Hall