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People flocking to the Visitors Center of Central City

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Now Open Every Day from 10-6

by Pam Deck

People from all over the world come to the Visitor Center to see what this area is all about. This year some new “old” photos were added and categorized on its walls. Local resident and historian, Eric Miller, of the Gilpin Historical Society, displays many of his “one of a kind” historical photos and memorabilia. He has created a new “old” look for the Center.

The upstairs has unique artists showing and selling their works. There are different artist featured regularly from the Gilpin County and beautifully displayed in the gallery. Most of these works can be purchased at a reasonable price.

A dedication to a well-loved and long-time citizen, Lewis Carter Cady, creates a mood of welcome and appreciation. Lew created a cynical little newspaper called Little Kingdom Come and when folks asked when the next publication would appear, he would say, “When I damn well want it to.” This paper was published for 43 years, however sporadically. Lew lived in Central City for more than 50 years and gave seminars about mining, and his stories are still in circulation. He died four years ago, but his life is kept alive in the Visitors Center for generations to come.

Mike Keeler often mans the Visitor’s Center. He is happy to talk to the numerous visitors and answer any questions he can. In the short 30 minutes I was there, I counted 40 visitors. One couple was from Austria, and they were impressed with the easily accessible information.

Besides all the historic photos, there is an old type press, mining picks, and a case full of unique items from more than 100 years ago. Visitors not only meander through, but can rest on the old oak bench.

There are also many things for sale that tourists like – books, pins, postcards, t-shirts and souvenirs can be purchased. Proceeds go to help the Visitor Center keep its doors open and also to support the various museums and artist guilds.

Summer hours are from 10 am to 6 pm all days. Stop by for a relaxing visit and to learn more of what Central City and Black Hawk have to offer.

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