1. Central City, Colorado..The richest square mile on earth.
Well, it should come as no surprise..Black Hawk was the obvious next stop on the trip, since it's literally right next door to Central City. While the towns boarder each other, the elevation drops almost 500 feet. Like its neighbor, The population at one time numbered in the thousands. While it's not a ghost town, the numbers generally range in 150-200 full time residents. Unlike Central City, Black Hawk was never a mining town, but was popular with the smeltering companies. Its fortunes increased once the railroad came through and connected with its neighbor. Today, like Central City, Black Hawk is now overrun with gambling casinos. However, Black Hawk deviates from CC due to the ease of height restrictions. You will find the obvious changes in this thread. Let's take a look!!
Looking back up the road towards Central City
I see something poking up in the background..not sure what. It's a tiny town folks!! No Skyscrapers, here!!
Literally everything is restored in this town..Not much grit to see!!
This building is obviously new. But other new buildings constructed along the old main street are not quite as obvious.
Again, nothing to see here, except the conformaty of old buildings!!
Although you can pretty much tell, the new buildings blend in pretty well with the old ones
But further down the road, the changes are blatently obvious. The big wigs came in and started building larger casinos..what are you gonna do??
Not sure what this building is used for
Again folks..Nothing...to...see..here...........Ok fine!! The worst kept secret in Black Hawk!! I guess this where the town finally threw up its hands and said "Screw it", and built the tallest structure in Colorado outside of Denver. A 30-some story Hotel. Well, this is SSP afterall!!
I got down to the intersection at the bottom of the hill and was to pretty much the end. However, there is a road that runs along the outer rim of the town that had an excellent view!! I really wished I had figured out how to use the panoramic setting on my camera. This would have been perfect!! I'm ascending up the hill now.
One last picture of the majestic Ameristar Casino Hotel. I guess they had to cut away part of the hillside to fit that thing in there!!
Well, that's it for Black Hawk!! But before I shut it down for the night, I thought I would post a few pics of Nevadaville, which is on the verge of becoming a ghost town. It's about a mile up the road from Central City. Elevation increases by several hundred feet, and the graveled road is narrow. At one time there was a mining company up here, but it's been abandoned for probably decades. The dying town has aproximately 5 people living there..So I took the liberty of taking a few shots.
Well, that's gonna do it, but stay tuned!! There is plenty more to see!!