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30 years ago -July 29, 1988

The beauty and tranquility of Clear Creek Canyon has been protected from destruction for over a century, but how much longer it will be preserved is questionable. Two massive projects presently under consideration threaten the peaceful, smooth driveway from Golden to the southern entrance of Gilpin County. Between Tunnel One and Two on E.S. Highway 6, O.R. Goltra, under the guise of building a road to his property, has started the destruction in Clear Creek Canyon. The road initially was to be a two lane road, but now appears to be the start of a four lane highway. Large rocks in this area are being crushed and used for road base in Jefferson County, week by week carving away the scenic, historic mountains locals and tourists have enjoyed since the 1870s. Additionally, Goltra owns 11,000 acres of land in JeffCo, consisting of the majority of mountains on the north side of Clear Creek, along U.S. Highway 6 west of Mt. Zion. Goltra has plans to set up a 320 acre quarry site, removing two million tons of rock per year over a seven to 15 year period in phase one of the project. Although it is in the initial phase, the second proposal for Clear Creek Canyon is to install a massive reservoir which if approved along Clear Creek, would not only destroy the scenic beauty of the canyon, but possibly isolate Gilpin County from having a direct access route to and from metro Denver. One established group that has recognized the value of Clear Creek Canyon, and is pushing forward to preserve it in its present state, is an established organization entitled the Clear Creek Land Conservancy. CCLC is a publicly sponsored, non-profit organization designed to preserve and protect the canyon for everyone. The group relies on tax deductible contributions from the private sector to pursue protection efforts. At one of the first of many planned fund-raising events for the CCLC on July 31, held at Mt. Vernon Country Club, one of the largest donations of land was honored. Carla Swan Coleman, 80, a native of Denver, was recognized for donating the scenic and developmental rights of her 240 acres of land, located on Lookout Mountain, to the CCLC. State Senate Sally Hopper said, “I want to make it clear that the people involved in this effort are not fighting to save the canyon because mining or development of it will destroy property values and views. They are doing this for the people. This is not just for people living in Colorado, but also for those who come to visit.” One way of protecting the canyon is the establishment of land trusts. These work like a bank, except its “deposits” are permanent open space. There are several methods used to preserve an open space. These include private donations of land, bargain sale purchases using donated funds, donation of undivided interests in land and conservation easements. Conservation easements involve the transfer of an interest in real property by a landowner to a qualified government agency or charitable organization, such as the CCLC. The title to the property remains in the landowner’s name and the land may be sold, but the sale is subject to certain provisions. These provisions, among others, can prohibit alteration of wildlife habitat, subdividing mineral development, clear cutting, billboards and signs, and use of the property for other than ranch or agricultural projects.

  Those running for County Commissioner:

Cathy Smith, whose main priorities are: “We need to see that our road equipment is in good working condition and/or replaced as needed. We also need to remember the fact that our road crew can only do the job if we provide the equipment and manpower to do it with. Secondly, our sheriff’s department needs all the support we can give them, whether it be more manpower or whatever we can as citizens. Third, we need to realize that our history is something to be very proud of! We need to take care of our Seniors, bring in more commercial businesses and we need to unite as a whole county and become a county that works for the betterment of all, not just the south or north ends.”

Jerry Ward, whose priorities are: “Road department – morale, continue upgrading of equipment, organization of priorities, wages, etc. To investigate methods and ways to address the problems of the tax burden on Gilpin’s taxpayers. Budget – as we know, as a new commissioner, the first year’s budget is already set. To analyze and get the most out of the following budgets with a minimum of tax increases. Trash and cars – to explore ways and means to rid Gilpin County of unwanted and unused cars and trash.”

60 years ago – August 8, 1958

Central City Nuggets:

By the Editor: The other morning, when sitting in front of the Teller House watching the pretty maidens pass, and bring to determine the color of their eyes, never allowing my gaze to fall lower than their facial features, three women stopped in front of me, and one said to the other, “where is the gold brick that President Lincoln walked over to enter the Teller House?” One of them answered, “No, dear; you don’t mean President Lincoln. It was President Grant, and the bricks were silver, not gold.” “Oh, and where are the silver bricks now?” The answer was: “You see, two years ago, the Opera Association found themselves in a low financial status and had to sell the silver bricks to pay off the indebtedness incurred during the past few years.” That was just a little too much, so I entered the place of iniquity, where Ray the bartender told me that a woman was in there a short time before, and after purchasing some kind of evil brew, perched herself on the railing enclosing the face on the barroom floor, and politely asked where the face was. He courteously pointed it out to her, but she still insisted in her question, so he told her it was just beneath her derrière. She turned around and looked, and said, “Ye Gods, I was sitting on her face.”

I’ve noticed over in the Teller House, that invariably a gentleman follows a lady upstairs—I wonder why?

Mrs. Viola Williams and mother, Mrs. Rogers, of Denver, were house guests of Mrs. Minnie McCoy Wednesday and Thursday.

Mrs. Winifred Gordon spent a few days last week at her home here.

Joe Oberosler and son came over from Glenwood Springs on Monday.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Mrs. Ruth Blake drove to St. Anthony’s Hospital Wednesday to see her new grandson, who was born August 1st to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Spellman. The 9 pound baby’s been named William Mark.

Mrs. Louis Plank and daughter Mary Louise left Sunday via Greyhound bus, for a ten day trip to California.

Mrs. Bob Mavis and Mrs. Elven Jacobsen were Boulder visitors last Thursday.

Dr. and Mrs. Martin Ruth of Indianapolis are staying at the Lettie Gray house, while visiting their long-time friends, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Smith.

Among the weekenders from the valley were the Robert Lehrer and Glen Earthen families, who brought along their sleeping bags and camping equipment.

In a phone call from Lubbock, Texas, Mrs. Nan Dee Pointe told her mother, Mrs. Ed. Evans, that they could well appreciate some of our cool mountain air at this time.

Wednesday afternoon Miss Cathy Wright attended a birthday party given for Miss Vicki McMillan. That evening the children and parents enjoyed an evening at Lakeside Park.

Funeral services were held Thursday in Denver for Harrison Morton Snyder, who formerly lived in this community and was a cousin of Otto M. Blake, Sr. His father, L.C. Snyder, was one of the early pioneers of Gilpin County.

90 years ago – August 10, 1928

Mr. Charles Robins, who brought the bus over from Idaho Springs Wednesday evening, reported that while waiting there for the Denver bus, a telephone call came from the Silver Cycle Mine in Gilson Gulch stating that two miners were blown to pieces, and that help was wanted immediately. As he had plenty of time until the Denver bus arrived, he told the folks that gathered that he would take them to the mine, and arriving there they were met by one of the crew, who was on the dump at the mouth of the tunnel, who said his partners were literally blown to pieces in an explosion of the full round of holes that had been drilled in the breast of the tunnel. He said the men killed were John Griffith and a man named Haws, but could give no reason for the explosion, as he was out of the tunnel at the time of the explosion. The accident happened about 4:30 pm, and as Mr. Robins returned to town, Coroner Pierce was on his way to the scene of the accident.

Dan Ahman, who was arrested Friday night by Sheriff Oscar Williams, for driving his auto while intoxicated, had a hearing before County Judge Louis J. Carter, on Monday evening, and was fined $10 and costs, and his license to drive an auto for the next sixty days was suspended. Those who mix moonshine with their driving and endanger lives on the thoroughfares in this vicinity while in an intoxicated condition, will not be tolerated and will be given the full force of the law governing such cases.

Liver need not always be fried. One of the best ways of cooking any kind of liver—beef, calf, lamb, or hog liver—according to the bureau of home economics of the United States Department of Agriculture, is to broil it under the flame of a gas oven. For a family of six, buy about a pound and a half of liver, cut in slices a quarter of an inch thick. Wipe the slices with a damp cloth. Place them on a greased baking sheet and put it under the flame of the broiling oven. Cook from eight to ten minutes, turning frequently. When done, sprinkle with salt and pepper, pour over it some melted butter, and serve at once. Good vegetables to serve with boiled liver are: Baked onions, baked tomatoes, green peppers stuffed with an onion, tomato and bread crumb mixture, spinach, kale, or cabbage.

How to Make Fruit Punch, by Nellie Maxwell: Pour one cupful of hot tea infusion over one cupful of sugar and as soon as dissolved add three fourths of a cupful of orange juice, and one third of a cupful of lemon juice. Strain into a punch bowl over a large piece of ice and, just before serving, add one pint of lithia, a pint of ginger ale, and a few slices of orange with one dozen maraschino cherries.

How to Make Chocolate Soufflé, by Nellie Maxwell: Melt two tablespoonful’s of butter, add two tablespoonful’s of butter, add two tablespoonful’s of flour, and when well blended add three fourths of a cupful of milk. Bring to the boiling point. Melt one and one half squares of chocolate, add one third of a cupful of sugar, two tablespoonful’s of hot water, and stir until smooth. Combine mixtures and add the yolks of three beaten eggs, then add one half teaspoonful of vanilla and the whites of three eggs beaten stiff. Turn into a buttered baking dish and bake in a moderate oven for thirty minutes.

Married: In this city, August 6th, 1928, by County Judge Louis J. Carter, Ray Willis and Miss Mary Todd, both of Nederland.

120 years ago – August 12, 1898

As goat riders, Messrs. E.E. Clark, Ed. Grenfell, and John Nicholson, of Black Hawk, are champions. They tackled the animal into submission in an initiation into the mysteries of Royal Arch Masons of Central City, on Monday.

Of the 145 tickets sold at the Black Hawk Station on Sunday last, 105 were for Boulder, the balance being for Denver. With those sold at Central, the train carried over 200 excursionists.

Mr. R.L. Martin left for Denver Friday afternoon, to meet his wife and granddaughter coming from the east, who will spend the balance of the summer in the Rockies.

Ernest Rodda, who has been connected with the telephone office in this city for many years, left for Denver Thursday, having been appointed by the company as one of their line inspectors.

Sinking is underway at the main shaft on the Fisk Mine on Bobtail Hill, and the shaft is now down over 1,000 feet, and will be continued for another 200 feet, in expectation of connecting with the cross-cut being driven from the incline on the Gregory Mine. The daily force now numbers 70 men, and the production is between 50 and 60 tons daily, the mill ore retuning from 4 to 5 ounces gold to the cord, with tailings with $35 per ton, and the smelting ore over $100 per ton.

The Concrete Mine, in Prosser Gulch, during the month of July made a production of 166 cords of mill ore aggregating 1,410 tons, all of which were hauled over the tramway lines to the Penn and Iron City mills at Black Hawk, where it was treated with good results. The Newell Brothers, who are operating the property have developed it into one of the leading mines in the county.

At the Saratoga Mine, in Russell Gulch, a cross-cut is being driven north at a depth of 900 feet, and is opening up fine bodies of ore. Another lift of 100 feet is to be sunk in the main shaft, which will bring it to a depth of 1,000 feet. The ore shipments are increasing monthly with greater values.

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