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Black Hawk’s impact on the community

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Benefitting the county, schools, and much more By Don Ireland   This year marks the 30th anniversary of casinos opening in the former little mining towns of Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek, Colorado. In those early years, smoking was allowed inside ... More »

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The Bald Mountain Cemetery Crawl

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Where the dead get to tell their story By Jaclyn Schrock On Saturday, August 21, the Gilpin Historical Society held their annual Cemetery Crawl. Tickets allowed the shuttle of hundreds of guests from the Teller House parking lot to the Cemetery. Depending on v... More »

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Turning back the pages

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30 years ago – August 30, 1991 A house on Pine Street, known as the “Richfield House,” has been cut in half so it can be moved to the south lot of the two vacant lots it presently sits in between. It will be a buffer for St. Mary’s Church as the two lots are p... More »

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Bed racing on Central City’s Main Street

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47th Annual Madam Lou Bunch Day By Jaclyn Schrock With festivities returning to our Central City, we all cheer the arrival of Madam Lou Bunch Day. Thank you to all the volunteers and dedicated workers who made the 2021 Madam Lou Bunch Day such a success!  Cent... More »

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Turning back the pages

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30 years ago – August 23, 1991 The drain pipe that runs from the free parking lot down to the east side of Spring Street near the Clark Gym has some parents worried. Children have been playing in the drain for a long time and will continue to as long as they c... More »

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Trio of Civil War heroes visit Central City

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Gilpin Historical Society By David Forsyth, PhD The story of Ulysses S. Grant’s 1873 visit to Central City is well known. Central City’s residents, in an effort to impress the president and his wife, laid $20,000 worth of silver bricks (made from silver from t... More »

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Turning back the pages

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30 years ago – August 16, 1991 Melvin Dennis, Jr., 30, the second suspect in the Rex Miller murder case was arrested Friday, August 9. Dennis was taken into custody in north Denver following an anonymous tip, said Jefferson County Deputy Investigator Clint Bla... More »

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A pocket party everyone can enjoy

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Belvidere Pocket Park Opens in Central City By David Josselyn On Tuesday, August 3, Central City commemorated the opening of the Belvidere Pocket Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony. More »

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Turning back the pages

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30 years ago – August 9, 1991 Denver police officers arrested one suspect on August 3 in the murder of Rex Miller. Joseph Nick “Joey” Aguayo, 21, was picked up at a friend’s northeast Denver home after following an anonymous tip. Aguayo is being held without b... More »

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Returning the headstones to their rightful place

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Gilpin Historical Society By David Forsyth, PhD Theft from cemeteries has been a problem for decades. People steal floral arrangements for decorative purposes, vases for scrap metal, and even headstones and statues to put in their back yards. Gilpin County’s c... More »

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Turning back the pages

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30 years ago – August 2, 1991 Clark Gym, which is owned by the Gilpin County School District Re-1(GCSD) is now up for sale or lease. The property is located on lots four, five, and six of block six in Central City. Owned by GCSD for years, the More »

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Who stole Gilpin County’s money?

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Another mystery from the Gilpin Historical Society By David Forsyth, PhD On the morning of January 20, 1967, Gilpin County Treasurer and Glory Hole Tavern owner Bill Axton was found bound and gagged inside the vault of the Treasurer’s More »