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Black Hawk
Gilpin County, Colorado

80403, 80422

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Statistics & Facts

The Colorado state capital is Denver.
The population of Black Hawk is approximately 140 (2000), 118 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 147 (1990), 51 (2010).
The amount of land area in Black Hawk is 3.757 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Black Hawk to Washington DC is 1616 miles.
The distance to the Colorado state capital is 20 miles. (as the crow flies)
Black Hawk is positioned 39.80 degrees north of the equator and 105.49 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Black Hawk elevation is 8,042 feet above sea level.


about 20 miles west of Denver. Nearby communities include: Central City, Rollinsville, Dumont and Pinecliffe
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seasonal. Some say there the weather in the area has 13 days of summer with three days of spring before and three days of fall afterward. The rest is winter! This may be a little stretch of the actual weather, but many years, the first snow comes in September and comes as late as June.

The location of this area near the Continental Divide brings about strong winter winds. Snowdrifts may grow huge due to the winds and may not melt at all until Spring. The cold, strong winds coupled with the low temperatures causes a wind chill which freezes exposed skin quickly. Those living and traveling in the area should dress accordingly.
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History & History Related Items

The Central City and Black Hawk area billed itself as the "richest square mile on earth" during the heyday of mining prior to the turn of the century. Although there is still "gold in them thar hills," the global mining economy is such that very little mining and milling occurs today although it is a legal use by right in many places.

There is also a new "gold rush" going on in this area. Limited Stakes Casino gaming began in Black Hawk and Central City in 1991 and has brought new life to the area with tourists.

Here is a history page for Black Hawk.

Once known as "The City of Mills," Black Hawk, one of Colorado's oldest cities, began after a Georgia prospector, John H. Gregory, discovered gold here in 1959. In only a few months, thousands flocked into "Gregory's Gulch" seeking their fortunes. Only a few found their fortunes while the rest moved on to other areas or returned to their homes.

The area was first known as Mountain City when tents were the only homes visible. Once the gold fever slackened and the actual mining of the ore began, the area grew more stable. Nearby was Nevada or Bald Mountain as it was also known. Below was Central City and further on, Black Hawk Pointe. Some say the name was from a "stamp" mill brought from Illinois and named for the famous Indian Chief. The town continued to grow through the late 1800's, with a peak population of over 2,000 residents. From the early 1900's, the population began to decline, dropping to just 200 in 1925.
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Black Hawk, Colorado information

Poker, Black Jack, Restaurants, Lodging, Casinos, Entertainment and much more!

Black Hawk, Colorado Ghost Town Site
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Black Hawk City Government

City of Black Hawk

City Manager's Office
P O Box 17
201 Selak Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422
Phone: (303) 582-5221
Fax: (303) 582-0848

Police: 303-582-5878
Fire Department: 303-582-0426


Gilpin County
P.O. Box 366
203 Eureka Street
Central City, CO 80427
Phone: 303-582-5214
Fax: 303-582-5440

Black Hawk Chamber

Gilpin County Chamber of Commerce
117 Eureka St.
P.O. Box 488
Central City, CO 80427

Black Hawk Organizations

Gilpin County Chamber of Commerce
117 Eureka St.
P.O. Box 488
Central City, CO 80427

Black Hawk Libraries

Gilpin County Public Library
15131 Highway 119
Black Hawk, CO 80422-0551
Phone: 303-582-5777

Black Hawk Schools

Gilpin County Schools
10595 Hwy 119
Black Hawk, CO 80403
Phone: 303.582.3444 Black Hawk


The population of Black Hawk was:
1990 - 227
2000 - 140

Black Hawk is located in the Mountain time zone and does participate in Daylight Savings Time.

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