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30 Years Ago – January 21, 1983

  The route over Rollins Pass, one of Colorado’s most scenic mountain passes, has been closed now for over three years and it looks like it will remain closed a while longer. The road was closed in 1979 because of a cave-in in the Needle’s Eye Tunnel, which is located in Boulder County about 13 miles north of East Portal on the pass road. Estimates of the costs of repairing the tunnel are around $100,000. However the tunnel is not the only thing keeping the road closed. An estimate to repair the two trestles located just west of the tunnel is about $1 million. When the tunnel collapsed, and the trestles were found to be unsafe, the Forest Service closed the road. Signs were posted, however people just tore them down, cleared the rock out of the tunnel and kept right on driving over the road through the tunnel and across the trestles. Next summer, the Forest Service plans to physically barricade the road with boulders and dirt. Just about everybody agrees that reopening Rollins Pass would be wonderful. However money to make the repairs has been unavailable. In the meantime, a group of four-wheel-drive enthusiasts has requested the use of the old wagon road over the pass. The problem with that, according to Gilpin County Engineer Hal Donnelly, is that about a quarter of a mile of the road, on a knife-edged ridge, shallowly covers a gas pipeline and “if somebody drags a differential across that pipeline, they’ll go way high.” The gas line was put in in the late 1960’s to bring gas to Dillon and Vail and carries 600 pounds of pressure. Johnson said any vehicle which accidentally broke the line would “take flying lessons.”

  Jim Russell is the new deputy district attorney assigned to Gilpin County. He said he expects there will be less plea bargaining now, more cases being filed, and more preparation time in the future in Gilpin County.

  Half of the last house at the top of Backus Street in Black Hawk was gutted by fire early yesterday morning. The fire was believed to start in a closet which was right behind the wood (cook) stove. The kitchen area is a total loss. The owner of the home, Sandy Meyers, was not home at the time of the fire. About six Black Hawk firemen were on the scene within eight minutes of receiving the call. The Central City Fire Department assisted, sending first the scat truck and later the pumper truck as well as extra men.

  Six children were injured in a one-car accident on Highway 119, six miles south of Black Hawk on Saturday evening, when the station wagon they were traveling in went off the left side of the road while passing another southbound vehicle. The car struck a guard rail, ripping off the left rear door of the car and skidding 142 feet across the road. Three of the children were ejected. All but one were treated and released from Lutheran Medical Center. The youngest, a two-year-old boy, remained in serious condition with a broken leg, punctured leg, broken pelvis, multiple bruises, internal injuries and a torn urethra. The driver has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and other charges.

  Officer Daniel Boone was appointed as a full-time Central City police officer on January 10. He takes the position which became available upon the resignation of Vicki Banyai.

  County Court Judge Andrew Krodshen swore in five elected county officials Monday morning: Don Diltz (Commissioner, District Two), Judy Smith (Clerk and Recorder), Glenda Allen (Assessor), Leslie Williams (Coroner) and Rosetta Anderle (Sheriff).

  The Central City Business Association gives its enthusiastic approval to a public restroom program, and offers its total support, whether it be mental, physical or financial to the City of Central government.

  A chimney fire at Michael and Martha Hall’s residence in Lakeview damaged a wall, the ceiling and rafters, doing an estimated $1,000 worth of damage. High Country Fire Department responded with six men and two trucks.

  After an executive session, the Gilpin RE-1 School Board announced their consensus to accept the Gibbins children as non-resident students, based on certain restrictions. A policy amendment will be drawn up, allowing acceptance of non-resident students, contingent upon space availability, and will include a variance clause on tuition payments, based on financial need.  The family’s three children had been long-standing students of Gilpin RE-1, but were asked to leave when it was learned that the family’s new house is located in Clear Creek County. Their property, located in Peck Gulch, straddles the two school districts’ boundary line, but is closer and more accessible to Gilpin than Clear Creek. Superintendent Fred Meyers said the effort made by the children to get to school last semester was commendable, considering the significant weather and climate conditions they are faced with where they live-about one mile past Pisgah Lake off the Columbine Campground road, which is not maintained. The students must walk 3.6 miles to the Boodle Mine or 1.8 miles cross country to Apex Road to catch the school bus. The walk to a Clear Creek bus is five miles down to Fall River Road over a significant decline. Tuition will be waived for the Gibbins children for the remainder of the current school year.

  Odds are, somebody’s going to win $10,000 next week. (Colorado Lottery)

60 Years Ago – January 23, 1953

  According to many of the members of the Assembly, if there is to be a general increase in the salaries of state employees the members of the Legislature are going to share in the raises. At present they get $2,400 for the two years. There is a movement to increase the total paid them to $3,600 for the two years.

  A blizzard is howling ominously outside tonight – an old-fashioned, honest-to-goodness blizzard, with gusty winds, and a soft blanket of freshly fallen snow, which is being plastered against trees and buildings like crystal stucco.

  The Republicans have spent something over $700,000 for Eisenhower’s Inaugural celebration – a tidy little sum to invest in an exchange of titles – from General to President – from five stars to forty-eight stars.

  It seems that almost everyone is sick in bed with the flue, a virus infection of the broncular tubes or has pneumonia.

  You have to be married, girls, if you are going to compete in the pancake flipping race in Idaho Springs February 14th. And you have to wear skirts, something of the type of dress worn by a housewife, plus a head scarf and an apron. Ordinary street shoes will be worn and low heels will be permitted although not running spikes. The length of the race course is 415 yards, down Miner Street, starting at the high school corner and continuing east to a point approximately opposite the old C & S railroad train. Each contestant will be furnished with a skillet, or she may bring her own, and she will be supplied with pancakes, and she must flip the pancakes as she runs. If the contestant drops a pancake, she may recover it and continue with no penalty.

  News is scarce this week, but Russell Gulch is still on the map even if the wind still blows.

  Gold receipts hit a postwar high and silver receipts reached an all-time high at the Denver Mint last year. Officials of the Denver Mint said that 1952 receipts of gold, $805,918 ounces worth $28,207,121 were the highest since the $47,500,000 total of 1942. Receipts of silver amounted to 2, 459,674 ounces worth $2,225,018. The largest previous receipts came to $1,700,000 in 1933.

  Nearly one million dollars has been paid to small mine operators in uranium production bonuses in the Colorado plateau during the last two years.

  Mr. R. L. Laird, the proprietor and editor of this antique newspaper, had to go back down to Denver the first of the week with pneumonia. That is the reason for this paper being in such sad shape this week with a hundred and one mistakes. Please don’t write in canceling your subscription because the boss will be back to get things back to normal.

90 Years Ago – January 19, 1923

  Central City Marshal, Street & Water Commissioner Gray, reports the city water supply as excellent; that all matters are in good shape; that a difference exists between himself and the mayor as to boys using the sidewalks of the city for roller skating, that he had forbidden the boys doing so, and felt that he had the support of the citizens in so doing.

  At the Central City Council meeting on January 11th, the City fathers ordered that all boys and girls be stopped from using the sidewalks of the city for purposes of roller skating, wagon coasting and sleigh riding. A room in the Harris block on Main Street, is to be fitted up for the convenience of the boys and girls for roller skating, basketball, etc.

  Two fine pieces of ore are on exhibition in the window of the drug store in this city, one from the property being worked by Earl Dickerson in the Perigo section, and the other from development work being done in the northern section of the county by the Gold Lodge Mining Company.

  Keep your thoughts to yourself and you won’t lose them.

  The first capture in the sensational $200,000 currency robbery at the Denver Mint, in which four desperadoes on Dec. 18 held up and robbed a United States Federal Reserve truck, killing Charles T. Linton of the reserve bank guard, was made by the police on Sunday night. But it was that of a dead man, crouched in the front seat of a Buick automobile found abandoned in a garage at 1631 Gilpin Street, with a bullet hole thru the left hand and another thru the heart.

  Golden Transcript: One of the peculiar happenings incidental to the terrific wind storms, which prevailed in this section last week and this was the starting up of the fire in the old White Ash Mine dump, at the western end of Twelfth Street. It has been thirty-six years since this mine was closed by the disaster which cost the lives of several men. For years after the mine was closed the huge culm piles continued to send forth clouds of smoke, but no one had any idea that there was any vestige of fire left after all these years. The continuous wind fanned the fire back to life, and on two or three spots on the big dump, sparks were seen flying.

  A river is just like our experience in life. The farther it goes, the wider it gets.

  It would seem School District No.1, Central City, intends to inaugurate an air service to transport pupils from District No. 6, which they have just consolidated, since there is no public highway for a vehicle transportation line. Great business ideals to have the pupils come from Wide Awake and Hughesville past the Quartz Valley school house, where the pupils legally belong. If the air service is a success, we better have the Government inaugurate a mail service from Black Hawk to Apex during the winter months, to save the expense of keeping our roads clear of snowdrifts.

  The move of the French government officials in marching into Germany has already resulted in serious trouble, and several Germans have been killed, and many wounded. This is the start of trouble which is sure to bring on another war between these two nations, and if it does come, America will take no hand in it.

  John Gilliikson is tearing down the old State Ore sampling works, just below the Black Hawk depot, and is hauling the lumber to his ranch to be used in building sheds and other buildings.

  The contractors will finish their work on the flume in Black Hawk by Saturday evening, and as soon as Marshal Klais is able to secure timber and lumber, the top will be covered and furnish a good sidewalk again.

  Mr. Cavnah shipped a car of second class ore from the Atlantic Mine at Hughesville, to the concentrator at Idaho Springs last Monday, and a third-cord wagon-load of first class to the sampling works at the same place.

  Mr. Eugene Perley shipped a carload of high grade silver ore from the Black Jack Mine to the smelter at Leadville last week.

  If it is true that the good die young it is not to be wondered at that this is a sinful old world. Nobody is hankering to be bumped off.

120 Years Ago – January 20, 1893

  There is no means of measuring the depth of misery felt by the man who suddenly realizes that he has given away the good cigar out of his other pocket.

  The surplus Mormon wives who are to be unsealed had better husband their resources for a rainy day.

  There is a desire on the part of citizens of Russell Gulch to have increased mail facilities, in so far as a daily service and have drawn up a petition which will be forwarded to the Third Assistant Postmaster-General to have it increased to seven days a week.

  Without being slangy, it is perfectly correct to say that when a young man takes his best girl out on the ice and she cannot skate, he will have to let her slide.

  A large-sized Maxwell steam pump was received in Black Hawk on Wednesday for the Rialto Mining Company. Mr. Thomas Cody removed it to the mine in this city the same afternoon. The work of placing it has been commenced. Judging from the size of it there will be no more trouble after it is once placed in handling the water in the mine.

  The Buell Mine is now producing sufficient ore to keep 25 stamps of the New York Stamp Mill in Black Hawk employed during the day time and 15 or three batteries at night. This begins to look like former times when the Buell was a large producer of ore of good grade.

  Mrs. Leonard Schaffnit, of the Washington House, on Saturday evening won the handsome music box raffled for at Barker’s, Mr. J. R. Quigley throwing 42 at high dice, that being the manner in which it was raffled. It is very fine toned, and valued at $50.

  Silver = $83 7/8; Lead = $3.80

  Last Tuesday superintendent J. Ben Lewis reported an important strike in the 400 foot west level of the Gold Rock. He has driven a distance of 800 feet in this level, feeling confident that the miners would encounter ore. The crevice matter is widening as the level is extended. The stamp mill ore varies from 3 to 7 ounces gold per cord in its yield, while the smelting ore has increased in value greatly of late.

  The Corydon Mine pool for the first time in months cleaned up last month an average of 2 ½ ounces gold per cord from stamp mill dirt crushed from that mine. The backstope of the 600 foot level east has widened out and the character of the smelting ore has increased greatly in value.

Born: In Eureka district, January 18, 1893, to the wife of Fritz Gabel, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, January 13, 1893, to the wife of Charles Truscott, a son.

Born: In Central City, January 16, 1893, to the wife of Kenneth McCoy, a daughter. The little child died Thursday evening, January 19, and will be buried today.

Died: In Black Hawk, January 16, 1893, Victor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew G. Larsons, aged 3 years.

Some of the cotillion favors distributed at fashionable dances this winter are thought by experts to be worth as much as six and ten cents each at retail.

Mr. Joseph Retallack has completed tearing down the old Sheridan House and is piling up the lumber on the south side of Gregory Street, above the mouth of the Bobtail Tunnel. Messrs. Crook and Kellerup, owners of the old Sheridan House, have leased the ground upon which the building stood to some parties in this city, who next week will commence work in digging to bed-rock, for the purpose of securing the placer gold that abounds in that section, and also continuing the development of the bed of tailings that was uncovered under that building some time ago. The gulch at that point was never worked in the early days, and the prospects are very favorable for good returns.

Mr. Carlson, section boss of the Union Pacific at this end of the road, between here and the Forks of the Creek, was busy the fore part of the week, in ballasting up the track to the siding from the main track down to the Cashier Mill. The first cars over the new siding were sent down Tuesday, and consisted of two car-loads of coal for use at the new concentration works at the Cashier Mill.

Shrove Tuesday and St. Valentine’s Day fall upon the same date this year. It will be a revel that will at least make the first of Lent welcome.

The citizens of Black Hawk were very much surprised Wednesday afternoon on hearing the sound of a bass drum, which called them to the front doors of their business places and residences along Gregory and Main streets. It was only a parade of masked persons who served as an advertisement for the masquerade carnival which took place that evening at the ice skating rink on Gregory Street. The maskers also visited Central.

135 Years Ago – January 19, 1878

  The Denver Times backs us in saying that Gilpin County may well be proud of her new Opera House.

Mr. McHolland, Mr. Palmer, and another gentlemen were married on last Sunday at La Veta to Kate Lewis, Addie Patterson, and Laura Patterson, in a joke as all parties supposed, but the party who tied the knot was in dead earnest, and was a magistrate. Three divorce cases will be the result.

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