National and State Register

Central City-Black Hawk Historic District

Gilpin County

Were it not for the discovery of gold in 1859, there is hardly a more unlikely location for the establishment of a "boomtown" than the rugged and inhospitable terrain of the surrounding mountainsides.  

A view of some of the buildings over a river and before some hills in the background.

Central City-Black Hawk Historic District

From a humble collection of mining camps, hard work brought good fortune and led to the construction of substantial brick and stone buildings.  Most of the surviving buildings are vernacular in their design, although many include Italianate detailing. The property is associated with the Mining Industry in Colorado Multiple Property Submission.