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 Posted: Wed Nov 1st, 2017 07:28 am
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Keith Pashina

 

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A photo from the Richard Ronzio collection shows Black Hawk around the turn of the last century. The Bobtail Mill is at right center. The retail buildings are crowded together down near the bottom of the Clear Creek Canyon. The C&S and dual gauge track can be seen near the lower right corner, and there are 3 or more C&S boxcars next to the Gilpin Mill and Sampler




We'll want to refer back to this map periodically as we peruse the many interesting buildings in Black Hawk. This map is from a C&S track map copy I was able to get from the Colorado Historical Society many years ago. At left can be seen the Bobtail Mill, Electric Power Company, and MacFarlane Machine Shop




This is a commonly seen view of Black Hawk, published in many books. This image is courtesy of the Western History Collection at the Denver Public Library. This image was taken probably before 1900, because Stroehle's Black Hawk Boiler Works building (front center) was rebuilt into a more impressive later building. There are lots of interesting structures visible in this image





In the 1870s, the Black Hawk Boiler Works had not even been built yet. The Colorado Central 3' gauge track can be seen - it is not dual gauge, as the Gilpin Tram had been built yet. Most of the other structures can be seen in the previous photo. The Black Hawk school opened in 1870, and the Presbyterian Church built in 1962. They are prominently perched above the retail street below. Both buildings exist today



This photo was taken in the early 1980s by Bob Axsum. Bob was a Gilpin Tram modeler in O scale, and unfortunately passed away a few years ago. Bob sent me these photos some years ago, and this shows Black Hawk before casinos and "progress." That retail block of stores is mostly intact, as are the Presbyterian Church and school building above them





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