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.
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.
National Historic Landmark
Off Colo. Hwy. 119, includes the commercial and residential areas of both communities, Central City