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Sword fights and train robberies

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Fun at Belvidere Theatre and Clark School By Brian Gibbins As a tourist town in the summer, Central City made and exciting background for adventure for any nine-year old boy. Imagine living in the middle of a western set for a movie. Where almost every buildin... More »

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Turning back the pages

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30 years ago- July 26, 1991 The Social Register: Beginning anew, an old family tradition of reunions, the Evans family held their second at the William C. Russell Park on July 21. It was in the late 1940s, said Bonnie Iverson, More »

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St. James 162nd Homecoming

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July 11, 2021 in Central City By Jaclyn Schrock The charms of a loved church building can take your breath away, because it is not just a building. Being inside, you can join with the others who have been here, to worship More »

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Turning back the pages

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30 years ago – July 19, 1991 If you are one of the people in Black Hawk proceeding with construction or demolition without a valid permit, you may be in trouble. Although Black Hawk’s building moratorium was lifted July 1, this does not mean it’s a “free for a... More »

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Iconic Fritz Peak Observatory research lab

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Shooting green laser beams into Gilpin’s night skies – Part 1 of 2 By Don Ireland If you’ve driven along Route 119 between Rollinsville and Black Hawk, you’ve passed by the Fitz Peak Observatory (FPO). The building has been part of local folklore since the era... More »

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A 1970s Friday night ritual in Gilpin County

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Family night at the Gibbins house on Bald Mountain by Brian Gibbins When we lived in the old Buck House west of Central City back in the 1970s, we observed a Friday night ritual of homemade pizza and episodes of “The Love Boat.” Pizza night was dad’s night to ... More »

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The Briggs Mine disaster in 1869

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Gilpin Historical Society by David Forsyth, PhD Charles H. Briggs and his brothers arrived in Black Hawk on May 9, 1860. Like thousands of others, they came to try their hand at mining. The brothers discovered and worked the Briggs Mine, which was on the Grego... More »

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Turning back the pages

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30 years ago – July 12, 1991 Tim Sabus thinks that Gunnell Hill is an ideal location for an 800-space parking lot. Three mining claims below the Masonic Cemetery can be reached without driving through residential areas, the location can be landscaped to hide t... More »

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The Jeep

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More fun in the Willys Wagon – Part 2 of 2 By Brian Gibbons The photo of the Willys Wagon is not our Jeep, but it is very close to it though. I took More »

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The life and times of Merna Obersler Slater

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Surviving polio in Central City and loving life By Jaclyn Schrock Merna (Obersler) Slater was born in May 1945 to a miner in Central City, Colorado, and has experienced many good family times while living in a historic mining town in the mountains of Colorado.... More »