30 years ago – January 16, 1987
The women’s prison that was schedule to be placed in Gilpin County has been cancelled. The information was verified with Tom Powell, administrative assistant to the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, on Wednesday. On July 28, the residents of Gilpin County were told that a women’s facility would be placed in the county. The decision was resented by many of the concerned county residents. The Gilpin County Commissioners were not informed of the decision in advance. The property where the prison was to be located is owned by the state. It is located in mid-county off Highway 46 in Golden Gate Canyon. It was formally the Golden Gate Youth Camp, a juvenile detention center. Powell said, “The cancellation was due to the excessive cost to bring the camp up to standards.” In May of 1986, the State Legislature allocated $500,000 for renovation and $200,000 for the staff and operation expenses. The latest estimate, according to Powell, was around $1.5 million. It did not include additional work on the sewage system or utilities to meet standards. The Colorado Department of Corrections made the decision to scrap the original plans in December of 1986, Powell said. The cost of the project was the main reason given. The women will remain in the Columbine Center located in Denver.
The evening closures of Tunnel #1 officially began on January 11. The tunnel is located one and a half miles west of Golden on U.S. Hwy 6 and is the first tunnel en route to Black Hawk, Central City, and Idaho Springs. New lighting and guardrails are expected to be installed within the tunnel. The project will also approximately five weeks, or until the second week of February. According to the spokesman for Stephen Flowers, project supervisor, the nighttime closure times for the west end of the tunnel, proceeding toward Gilpin County, are from 9:40 p.m. until 5:45 a.m. The east end of the tunnel, toward the junction of U.S. Hwy 6 and Highway 58, will be closed from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. Motorists traveling at night can use either Golden Gate Canyon or proceed on U.S. Hwy 6 from the junction of I-70 at Floyd Hill to the junction with Highway 119 south of Black Hawk. The tunnel will be closed to traffic, except emergency vehicles, Sunday through Thursday nights.
Dogs who are residents of Black Hawk are advised to send their owners to City Hall immediately to pick up their FREE 1987 city dog tags. The tags will be given out free, during regular City Hall hours, through February. After that date, tags will cost $3 each for males or spayed females, or $5 for females who have not been spayed. Black Hawk requires every dog in the city to have a tag, so don’t miss your opportunity to get one free! Remember to bring your vaccination receipt.
60 years ago – January 18, 1957
Central City Nuggets:
There is very little news of a local nature this week, as our residents refer staying home near their fireside rather than taking short trips to the Queen City and elsewhere, as the weather has been so severe that it is not conducive to traveling. Tuesday night, thermometers registered 10 degrees below zero, with fog and snow, and high winds each day has made the weather decidedly unpleasant.
We were pleased to see Frank Daugherty downtown Wednesday morning, after a siege of sickness for the past two weeks.
Black Hawk Gold Dust:
Mrs. Harry Snyder and Mrs. Perl Neff were in Golden last Friday on a business mission.
Mrs. Jennie Zancanella is still in a hospital at Rochester, Minn., but expects to be released in a few weeks.
A lovely party was given by Mrs. Melvin Blake, Monday afternoon, in honor of her daughter Mary Leanna’s third birthday. About seventeen youngsters including mothers and grandmothers were present.
Dick Dowse took Jack Turner to a Golden doctor Wednesday for his weekly checkup.
Mrs. Luella Fritz was in Denver Monday to be with her daughter, Helen Howard, on her birthday. Mrs. Howard has been in the hospital recovering from a stubborn case of virus.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Steers went to Denver Saturday evening to see a new great-grandson. They now have three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Paul Allander and her brother Tony Shearer, returned Tuesday from a snowshoe trip that took them in Lost Canyon above Deckers, Yolo. They said the going was rough.
90 years ago – January 21, 1927
In a rather one-sided game of basketball, played last Saturday evening at the Black Hawk gymnasium, between the Gilpin Boosters and Idaho Springs, the Boosters were winners by the score of 58 to 19. From the start of the game, the Boosters excelled the visitors in every phase of the game, and piled up the score with apparently little effort. The Boosters have the foundation and material for a mighty fast team, and while their play at times was somewhat ragged, they possess a combination of plays that should accord them victory in the majority of their contests. This Saturday evening the Boosters will play the high school team at the Black Hawk gymnasium, and a good game should be the result, as the high school team has a rather fast team, which will be strengthened by Jack Powers, who has been out of the game for several weeks due to a broken arm. Jack is one of the cleverest and fastest forwards seen on a high school team in many years past, and will give a good account of himself in this contest. Admission is placed at 15 and 25 cents, and your patronage is solicited.
Dr. J.M. Hannahs, dentist in the Republic Building, Denver, and well known in this city, narrowly escaped being burned to death in his office on Tuesday last, when his clothing, on which he had spilled alcohol, caught fire from a gas jet. The alcohol was spilled over his clothes when the cork of an alcohol container which he was lifting down from a cabinet came out. The liquid poured over his clothing and coming in contact with the gas flames. He ran into the hallway screaming for help and a Mr. Foster, in an adjoining room, hard his cries and picked up a rug, here it about him and rolled him on the floor until the flames were extinguished. The interior of Dr. Hannah’s office caught fire from his blazing clothing and the fire department was called, which soon had the flames under control.
A break has occurred in the main water line back of the Teller House, leading from the small reservoir on Academy Hill, and Water Commissioner Robert C. Johnson and his assistants are engaged in uncovering the line so that repairs can be made. The pipe line is of wood construction, has been in service many years, and may have to be replaced with a cast-iron pipe.
Died: Mr. Herbert Davey. Herbert Davey, a native of Nevadaville, Colorado, died Wednesday morning of pneumonia, at the Myrle Rooms, his wife being with him at his death. Mr. Davey was interested in leasing operations on the Tropic Mine at the time of his death, by profession a tile setter who several months ago set the tile in the stores of Donnelly and Elliott. He leaves a wife and two children, a mother, four brothers, and two sisters. His body was taken to Denver, his home, and probably will be buried in a Denver cemetery.
120 years ago – January 22, 1897
The re-election of Henry M. Teller to succeed himself as Senator from Colorado in the United States Senate, occurred at noon on Wednesday, when both houses of the Colorado Legislature allotted for that important office. The vote in the Senate was: Teller, 60; George W. Allen, 3. In the house, Mr. Teller was nominated by Representative W.O. Jenkins of Gilpin County, the vote given was 62 for Teller and 3 for Allen. Representative Jenkins, in nominating Mr. Teller, said: “Mr. Speaker, ladies and sentiment of the Eleventh General Assembly, representing the people of Colorado, the citizens of Gilpin County, the silver state’s oasis of gold, and also as a Representative of the House, rise to place in nomination one upon the brow the crown of thirty years that honorable service has been pressed. Today, we met to tender to him six more years of service and also to place upon his head the wreath of our appreciation and a tribute of our respect. I have known this gentleman from childhood, and to me, as to all others, he has been a source of inspiration to guide one through the course of right. I present for your consideration the name of Gilpin County’s citizen and Colorado’s hero, Hon. Henry M. Teller.” When the last words fell from his lips the tears of earnestness rolled up in his eyes, and a cheer that thundered from pit to dome in the large structure rang through the corridors and out into the atmosphere, which seemed to echo back the sentiment.
On Monday evening, the Teller House of the first time in its history was lit up by electricity, there being 125 lights throughout the building. The change is quite a pleasant one, and credit is due to Mr. A.P.S. Cox and his efficient manager, Tom Triplett.
The Gregory-Bobtail properties in Black Hawk, which have been closed down since the termination of the lease held by Reed & Company, have passed into the hands of the Gold Coin Mining Company, who have been so successful in operating the mines of this company in Nevadaville, and Mr. John Loughran, the mine foreman of the Gold Coin Company, has been put in charge of the mines in Black Hawk. The pumps in the incline will be kept in operation until the arrival of Mr. Dickey from New York, who will then assume charge of the property for his company. The announcement that the Gregory-Bobtail mines will continue work is good news for the county and the miners and business men are jubilant over the excellent outlook of the New Year.
William Oates, a miner living in Nevadaville, and working in the Alps Mine was instantly killed on Saturday last, by being struck on the head by a large rock that dropped from above, while he and his partner were working in a winze. Mr. Oates was only 19 years of age, and resided with his parents in Nevadaville.
Born: In Black Hawk, January 19th, 1897, to the wife of Thomas Calwell, a daughter.
Born: In Central City, January 16th, 1897, to the wife of Sherman Sweetzwater, a daughter.
Born: In Leavenworth Gulch, January 21st, 1897, to the wife of W.E. Pascoe, a son.
Married: In Central City, January 16th, 1897, at the residence of Mrs. Grace Tenby, Rev. J. Toking of Black Hawk officiating, John Dawe to Miss Nettie Tenby.
Married: In Central City, January 20th, 1897, Richard Drew to Miss Clara Moyle.
Died: In Central City, January 16th, 1897, George Fuhrman, aged 43 years.
Died: In Apex, January 15th, 1897, son of E.G. Fritz, aged 11 years.
Died: In Nevadaville, January 19th, 1897, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Roberts, aged 1 year.
Died: In Central City, January 18th, 1897, Mrs. Anna Mary King, aged 80 years.
146 years ago – January 17, 1872
From the Daily Central City Register:
The skating rink, in the Fisk Gold Mining Company’s mill, Black Hawk, for the short time it has been running, has become a popular place of amusement. Last evening there were thirty couples present, enjoying this, the most popular amusement during the winter months, all over the north. We earnestly hope that the clerk of the weather will secure the services of Jack Frost for two or three weeks to keep the temperature just above zero, so that the merry skaters will find no difficult in gliding over the icy surface of the rink.
The concert given by the Inman Brothers at Black Hawk last night, we regret to say, was but slimly attended. The performance consisted of songs, comic and sentimental, and pantomime. The troupe hails from Greeley; in fact they have received the approbation of the high-toned residents of those burgs previous to their appearance before a mountain audience, and it would be superfluous for us to add, “You know how it is yourself,” etc, etc., had not Jack Kelly led in frequent encores which greeted the appearance of Joseph Inman—the funny man—par excellence.
At or near Wide Awake, yesterday afternoon, a wood chipper named Willard, in felling a tree, met with a terrible accident. The tree in falling caught him in such a manner that it was impossible to extricate himself. His comrades, who were working close by, rushed to the scene of the accident and relieved Willard from his terrible situation and conveyed him to a cabin. Dr. Wohlgessinger was sent for, and on arriving found the patient’s left side completely paralyzed, while his right was nearly so. Willard is doing as well as could be expected, but his recovery is quite doubtful.
Charles Rule was accidentally killed about 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, by the falling of a stull on the Ompient Lode, recently put in. The deceased had been but a short time in the Territory—about ten months—and his loss is generally regretted. His funeral will take place tomorrow. His friends are invited to attend his funeral, at Gregory Point, tomorrow afternoon.