Central City, CO

Four ways to walk down the path of history in Central City

Stephanie Graham

CENTRAL CITY, CO - Central City is a city rich in history, located over 35 miles west of Denver. Founded in 1859 by miners, the city now becomes a haven for gaming aficionados, with 6 casinos spread around the city. Curious the learn more about this mining city? Walk down the path of history in Central City by following these four steps.

1. VISIT THE GILPIN HISTORY MUSEUM

Start your journey by visiting The Gilpin History Museum. The museum features everything related to Gilpin County, with stories of life and people from the 1860s to the present day.

The building of the museum was originally a two-story school, built in 1869. Its last graduating class was in 1966. The Gilpin Historical Society took ownership of the site then opened the museum in 1971.

2. Earth Treasure Tours

Central City was once known as the "richest square mile on earth". Join the tours to experience the life of an 1800's miner while learning the stories from the local experts. Don't forget to try out panning for gold!

3. COUER D’ALENE MINE SHAFT HOUSE

Explore Couer D'Alene Mine Shaft House, standing since 1885, and kept producing ore until 1940. Once the ore ran out, the building was left abandoned with the equipment intact. With a short drive or walk up Academy Hill, take a look at the antique mining equipment and the inner workings of a mine shaft house. Not to mention, the panoramic view of Central City and Black Hawk by the house.

4. POSE FOR A PHOTO WITH LOCOMOTIVE #71

End your tour by taking a picture next to the retired #71 locomotive. It was last active in 1941 and formerly served the Colorado and Southern railway. Find the train by the Grand Z Casino, and peek into the means of transportation in the old times.

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