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proprieters_MildaPfleghardt30 years ago – May 9, 1986 

A tense situation began on May 2 when an employee at the Golden Gate Youth Camp in Gilpin County received a bomb threat from an anonymous telephone caller. The employee, after receiving the call, notified the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department. Reportedly, the caller was an unknown young female. She was not certain if the bomb had already been placed at the camp or if it was in the process of being transported to the camp. According to the report, the caller stated that the person with the bomb was a former inmate at the camp, though his identity is unknown. Investigator Bruce Hartman and Deputy John Bayne of the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department, as well as members of the High Country Volunteer Fire Department, responded to the camp within 10 minutes after the sheriff’s department was notified. Upon their arrival, members of the HCVFD began checking the exterior of the building for a possible explosive device. Approximately 35 inmates at the camp and three counselors had been evacuated from the building and the inmates were secured outside. Bayne proceeded to the Gilpin and Jefferson County line on Highway 46 to stop any suspicious vehicles entering in Gilpin County. Hartman reported that the inmates started to become disorderly and he requested assistance from Central City Police Officer Joe Meeds. Jefferson County also sent two patrol cars to the area to assist. After the interior of the building was searched thoroughly, and evidence of a bomb was not located, the search was called off.
Letter to the Editor: Henry W. Gossard, Chairman of the Board, Central City Opera House Assoc. Dear Mr. Gossard: The Colorado Historical Society has reviewed under the existing covenant running to 2025 the information and documents provided by architects and other consultants in reference to the ceiling of the Central City Opera House. They in turn have used the expertise of Edward Bierbach, structural engineer; Odin Mielson, plasterer; Angelo diBenedetto, painter; and Ross Bybee, Plasterer’s Association. That review has led to the decision that the ceiling retains only minimal historic integrity. Therefore, on the basis of the ceiling’s retaining only minimal integrity and on a concern for public safety, the Colorado Historical Society grants the Central City Opera House Association permission to demolish the ceiling of the Central City Opera House contingent upon 1.) Completion of the photographic documentation of the ceiling; 2.) photographic documentation of the interior walls of the main chamber of the Opera House; 3.) Colorado Historical Society review of the specifications for the new ceiling, exclusive of ornamentation; and 4.) Colorado Historical Society deposition of the painted fragments of plaster large enough to yield information following demolition of the ceiling. By the opening of the 1988 opera season the Colorado Historical Society asks that a replication of the original ceiling from documentation provided by Grammar of Ornament, Inc., to be in place in the Opera House. These specifications will be submitted to the Colorado Historical Society for review. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions. Signed, Barbara Sudler, President, Colorado Historical Society.
By Esther Campbell: It is Gregory Day in our community. The weather this early morning is delightful. There is a cool wind mingled with the strong rays of the brilliant sun that makes a hike along the Gilpin tramway bed a joy. I went prospecting, not for the shiny metal that Gregory found, but to see what I could find of nature’s bounty. Eureka! It was not hard to locate. The aspens are spreading their apple green leaves, the golden banner and sulphur flowers are in bloom. The lovely pasque flower and mountain candytuft still show the promise of spring. The birds also gave me many rewards. A green-tailed towhee sang a lovely song until I was within three feet of his bush. There is a pair of mountain bluebirds trying to hold onto one of the nesting boxes in the back yard. A pair of tree swallows are dive bombing the bluebirds and calling all manner of alarum to try to use it themselves. “May the best pair win.” Thank you, John Gregory, for finding this lovely spot so that a city was established in the name of gold. However, I am glad to live in this time when one can prospect for nature’s treasure.
60 years ago – May 11, 1956
Miss Catherine Redman, formerly of Black Hawk, and Mr. Lloyd Jackson, of Idaho Springs, were joined in matrimony last Saturday in this city at the home of Betty Enderle with Judge Barrick officiating. The Matron of Honor being Bettey Enderle and best man Bob Jackson, the groom’s brother. A very nice reception was held afterward at the Grubstake Inn with refreshments of all sorts and many beautiful gifts were presented to the couple. In attendance were the bride and groom’s families and many friends from both Idaho Springs and Central. Also in attendance was Mr. Robert Kerr, popular businessman from Idaho Springs. We all wish the couple the best of luck and many happy years together.
Square dancing in the open is in season after the winter schools and soon it will be “swing all night and swing all day, alamande left in the same old way, leave that lady where she be, on to the right and swing all three.”
Now that there is no question of spring having arrived, the birds are to be seen among the lilac blossoms and while the blossoms emit an odor that is pleasant to the nostrils, as much can’t be truthfully said about some birds. Of course the water shortage may have some bearing on that situation.
Mrs. Lillian Hunn was up from Denver for a few days renovating her apartment preparatory to the coming summer season.
The “pussy willows” are appearing on shrubbery and trees, indicating that spring is again with us. A few swallows have made their appearance, but the number who make crevices their nests in the Teller House building have not arrived as yet. We have watched their annual migration for several years past, and they are not due until the 20th of May.
Several windows in the Chain Hotel were broken last Saturday night by visiting vandals; also the two electric lights and brackets were torn down from the outside entrance and smashed. It is high time that a few of these rowdy be apprehended and made to spend at least ten days cleaning up the streets of the city and contributing money to the courts.
Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Belcher left last Friday for a vacation trip through the eastern states. They will visit Mrs. Belcher’s son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. George Nelson in Maryland.
90 years ago – May 14, 1926
“Wages for Wives,” a special seven reel picture and a Fox News reel will be the program shown at the Opera House Saturday evening, May 15th.
Henry Eatwell and wife left for Longmont, Colorado, on Thursday morning of last week to attend the funeral of his father, John Eatwell, returning home Monday evening.
John Rohling and wife motored up from Denver Saturday evening to spend Sunday with her parents, returning Sunday afternoon.
Wilfred Fritz, wife and daughter, left for Denver Saturday afternoon and were accompanied by Mr. George E. Fritz, who had been visiting here for several days.
Miss Esther Nordlien came up from Ault, Colorado, Saturday afternoon on a short visit with her parents, returning Sunday afternoon.
James Dunstan attended to business mattes in Denver on Monday, returning home Tuesday evening.
Mrs. John Burgland and son returned last week from a three weeks visit with relatives in Denver.
The men in the cigarette advertisements look as pleased as if they had decided to swear off smoking.
120 years ago – May 8, 1896
Mrs. Tuttle, chill and maid arrived last Thursday. Mr. Tuttle and family have got to housekeeping in the rooms over Bacharach’s store formerly occupied by Rev. S.W. Richards.
On Monday last George Ebert and family of this city moved out to Yankee Hill, where they will remain during the summer. Mr. Ebert has some promising locations at that point and will develop them.
Louis Tiger took a spin down to Forks Creek on his bicycle last Sunday.
H.H. Taylor has taken charge of the Sunnyside Mine during the temporary illness of R.D. Milner.
John Flood has returned from the La Plata Mountains, where he has been spending the winter, and is now located in Nevadaville.
Mr. Cocks of the Teller House returned on Monday after an extended rip through this state and Utah.
Matt Ryan and Mike Lewis of this city and Jack Riley of Nevadaville left on Monday for Colorado Springs, where they go to attend a convention of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
R.D. Milner was taken to Denver on Tuesday, accompanied by his wife and Dr. Ashbaugh, as it is believed that the lower altitude will improve his health quicker than up in the mountains.
Mrs. Wm. Thomas, wife of one of the men drowned in the Sleepy Hollow Mine last August, who has been in St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver for two weeks past, undergoing a surgical operation, died at the hospital on Monday last. Her body was received in Black Hawk on Tuesday evening’s train and taken to her residence in Mountain City. She leaves two children, the youngest six years of age.
The post office is having a new floor laid through the main part of the room, the work being done by Lamont & Ballard in Central City.
The supply of water is steadily increasing and it will not be long before the stamp mills which are supplied with water wheels will be running by water power.
The home of Henry Kruse, Jr., on Clear Creek Street, was made joyous on Tuesday morning, May 5th, by the arrival of a brand new son, who will make his home there, we hope, for many years. The parties most interested are doing nicely, while the father assumes the honor with becoming dignity. The box of cigars left at this office will be enjoyed and burned in honor of the new arrival.
146 years ago – May 6, 1869
From the Weekly Central City Register: Messrs. Potter & Holley are running a little rattle trap of eight stamps belonging to the almost defunct Baltimore Company, on fixed material from the Forks Lode, obtaining from four to six ounces per cord. They have ready for raising the timbers of a new mill building to be located near the head of Nevada Gulch. It will cover fifteen stamps and the motive power will be steam. A large reservoir is being excavated close at hand, which will receive the pure waters of a living spring nearby, and furnish abundant supplies the year round. The builders are under contract to have this mill ready for operation in four weeks from last Monday. When done, it will crush “Forks” ore for Mr. Sabin.

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