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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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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
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City Manager's Office
P O Box 17
201 Selak Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422
Phone: (303) 582-5221
Fax: (303) 582-0848
Fire Department: 303-582-0426