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 Posted: Thu Feb 3rd, 2011 10:29 am
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Ok, I"m  a native "TEXAN" who have been living in what I call one of the 8th wonders of the world "Colorful Colorado" !!! for 14 years. And have visited the little mountain town of Black Hawk Colorado many times. And the one thing that makes little mining towns like this great is it rich old mining history. !!! But time and $$MONEY $$ has  slowly made  history of the 1800's disappear !!! I remember my first trip up to  Black Hawk, My mouth almost hit the floor !!! It was like a step back into time !!  And a real treat to see all the old hand-crafted old houses of the west all along the hillsides. And wondering what it would have been like a 100 years ago seeing  the "Colorado & Southern pulling through town. Cowboys drinking in old saloon's and miners working old dried up mines high on the mountain side, And horse and buggies climbing the steep grades up to Central City. Sadly on a summer trip up there last year a lot of what made the little mining town great has vastly disappear for "Up scale Vegas style casinos,hotels,parking lots, gift shops and $$Million Dollar $$ hilltop homes." All of the old vintage houses have been moved to a hillside between "Black Hawk and Central City. And all the remaining old buildings are revamp casinos now.!! And a lonely old repainted Colorado & Southern locomotive greets you when you enter town, Now looks like an out of place old relict from the past.

Here are a few photos I took around town of what I call a disappearing Colorado treasure. !!!

Ronnie D.:cb:

 

Black Hawk Then !!!













 

Black Hawk Now !!!

































 




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 Posted: Thu Feb 3rd, 2011 03:17 pm
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Ronnie

I agree. Money, or rather people with an abundance of it, screw up a lot of things.

People move to small towns to get away from the hassle of urban areas, and shortly thereafter start bitching about no full time fire departments, police, street lights, you name it.

If they like all that crap, why didn't they stay where they were?

They moved because of high taxes.

How do they think that the area they now infest kept the taxes low?

Guess that Moderators shouldn't rant---

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Well, I'm not a moderator so I'll rant.

In a lot of cases the well-to-do (filthy rich) find a nice secluded, uncluttered area and start moving in. Their friends find it and also move in. Then they want all the amenities they're used to so Starbucks locates a shop there, and so on and on.

Suddenly, the taxes and cost of living have gone so high that the original residents can't afford to live there anymore.

What a wonderful world!



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Yep-mighty few places in the west left with integrity. I have never actually been to Blackhawk, but it was on my list. From the pics you posted I think it may have slipped further down the list...If theres a positive side to our current economic state, it is the fact that the plague-like spread of subdivisions, trendy strip malls and McMansions on mountaintops has slowed. Maybe when the economy improves people will have an enlightened mindset. Who am I fooling? People are idiots.



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I remember what happened in the Keewenaw area of upper Michigan. People used to complain about the lumber companies owning all the land, well they sold most of it to developers and now instead of a few clear-cuts here and there, but still being open to recreation, some of the best areas are now "off-limits" and surrounded by no trespassing signs.



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When I "lived" in Denver, I would get away whenever I could and take a nice ride to Blackhawk/Central City. Sometimes drive "Oh my God" road over the mountain to Idaho Springs when it was nice. Life was good then. I do remember getting snowed in at a friend's place up near the cemetary in Central. I needed to call work and tell them I couldn't make it (he didn't have a phone), so we "mushed" down to the Teller House in Central, I called work, and then we pretty much stayed there the rest of the evening. Goodness knows how many beers and shots we had, but we eventually made it back up to the casa. It was 3 days before a snowplow got my car dug out and I could drive back to Denver. I still had my job, there was a big blizzard there so work was shut down anyway. During that time in Central, I fell in love with the "face on the bar room floor". What a great place, a shame that greedy jackasses goofed it all up. Thanks for jogging my memory.

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Herb Kephart wrote: Ronnie

I agree. Money, or rather people with an abundance of it, screw up a lot of things.

People move to small towns to get away from the hassle of urban areas, and shortly thereafter start bitching about no full time fire departments, police, street lights, you name it.

If they like all that crap, why didn't they stay where they were?

They moved because of high taxes.

How do they think that the area they now infest kept the taxes low?

Guess that Moderators shouldn't rant---

The end.


Herb:old dude:


Oh boy you got me goin' on a subject that has bothered me for quite some time.

The best example of this is those people who move to remote areas, but they live in these sort of upscale suburban communities. They do things like go jogging at dusk or dawn and then someone gets killed by a cougar. Then they get pissed off and want to go out and shoot everything dangerous in the world.

The thing is moving to a place like that is sort of like moving to the savannah of Africa and then wondering why the Lions keep eating people. Just stupid stupid stupid.

If you're going to live IN a wilderness, don't be surprised if there IS wilderness!

Or moving to a rural area and then getting pissed off because people have all kinds of junk on the back forty of their property.

I could go on and on.



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Thanks for the pictures of the Old Blackhawk.   Sad that I'll never see it as it was.   Casinos belong in Vegas, not in Blackhawk.
At least we can model it as it was.



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Something worth doing if you go up clear creek is to go to idaho springs and follow the signs to the Pheonix mine. It's a short mine tour into a fairly old mine with lots of history and lots of old mine gear laying about. I try to visit the pheonix as much as possible, there's just something cool about being undergound.



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I am not a native but have lived here over forty years. I live in a small burg (pop 2500) and it has not changed much in all that time but don't even ask me about the influx to the mountains and the foothills. I used to go to Central City and Blackhawk when there was not hardly anything in Blackhawk and not a whole lot more in Central City. You guys are right on when you say "I've got my piece, now close the gate so no one else gets in". The story is much the same all over Colorado. The places that really make you mad is down around Telluride, Ophir, Ridgeway, and Ouray. Bulldoze a spot in the trees for a million dollar home and only stay there a couple of weeks when it's stylish. My old national forrest camping areas have fences and keep out signs posted. I thought it was for the benifit of all not just the ultra rich. Clif K



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