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History Colorado Center, Denver Diorama, Denver 1860

History Colorado Center, Denver Diorama, Denver 1860

Early photo Old West mining town Denver, Colorado in 1860. On the right is the, "Rocky Mountain News" paper building. A newspaper that lasted up until recently.

Early photo Old West mining town Denver, Colorado in 1860. On the right is the, "Rocky Mountain News" paper building. A newspaper that lasted up until recently.

Man and woman outside "Happy Days Saloon" by Douglas County History Research Center, via Flickr

Man and woman outside "Happy Days Saloon" by Douglas County History Research Center, via Flickr

The first half of the Peak to Peak starts at Black Hawk, CO and continues through Nederland to Ward. In the 1800s this area was a mining center. In 1859 more than 100,000 people rushed to Denver hoping to make their fortunes mining for gold. While Denver had no gold, there was a great gold strike in the Central City–Black Hawk area. Three towns arose: the mining town of Nevadaville, the commercial center at Central City, and the mill town of Black Hawk.

The first half of the Peak to Peak starts at Black Hawk, CO and continues through Nederland to Ward. In the 1800s this area was a mining center. In 1859 more than 100,000 people rushed to Denver hoping to make their fortunes mining for gold. While Denver had no gold, there was a great gold strike in the Central City–Black Hawk area. Three towns arose: the mining town of Nevadaville, the commercial center at Central City, and the mill town of Black Hawk.

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