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.