Mountain City Historic Park

Lace House in Black Hawk
November 9, 2011

Staff writer As its historic roots began to erode, Black Hawk created a collection of 12 historic Victorian and Gothic buildings called Mountain City Historic Park (Mountain City was the original name given the strand of miner’s camps along the canyon). The block-long park is free and open to strollers. Plans are for the buildings to be put to use for shops and restaurants. Most notable of the collection is…

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Central City cemeteries

Central City cemetery
November 9, 2011

Staff writer A stroll through the quiet of the three cemeteries west of Central City – City Cemetery, Catholic Cemetery and Knights of Pythias Cemetery – offers a time-softened view of personal tragedy dating back to the 1800s. To reach the cemeteries, head west on Eureka Street, which becomes County Road 3 or Upper Apex Road. Park where the road forks, and the City Cemetery is to the east, the…

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Teller House

Teller House Face on the Barroom Floor
November 9, 2011

Staff writer The historic Teller House casino and restaurant was built in Central City in 1872 and regarded then as the finest hotel west of the Mississippi. But it is now famous primarily for an unsolicited painting by an artist fired in 1936 from his commission to paint murals at the hotel and the Opera House. The artist, Herndon Davis, sneaked into the hotel at midnight and by lamplight in…

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Central City Opera House

Central City Opera House
November 9, 2011

Staff writer Welsh and Cornish miners built the charming Central City Opera House in 1878, a touch of class for the town reputed to be “the richest square mile on earth.” Now a National Historic Landmark, the opera house was designed by Denver architect Robert Roeschlaub and artist John Massman filled the interior with trompe l’oeil murals. The opera house drew crowds for musical and theatrical events. P.T. Barnum’s circus…

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