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COLORADO ADVENTURE FEBRUARY 2004
Of course, the Rocky Mountains is
full of those photogenic kind of places where you just want to get out of
the car, climb down by the side of the road where the icy river is
frozen over, and take lots of silly photos.....oh yes - there's that
man again...! :)
The road that I took those photos
on was the I-70. Now for where we
went to next that day you have to find Central City first by
taking the I-70 west into the foothills, passing the Genessee
exits. Then take the exit 244 for Central City and Blackhawk. Finally, turn
right onto Colorado Highway 6 into Central City. Go up the main street,
off to the left, follow the road about half a mile, and then turn left
up a dirt track road, (honest!) and go for another half a mile or so,
you'll come across:
The town of
Colorado. Nevadaville was founded in the hills above Central City in
the Gold Rush
days. Gilpin County contained some of the most productive mines ever
found; $105,000,000 in gold was taken from “the Richest Square Mile On
Earth” during the heyday of the mines.
At its height, Nevadaville had a
population of over 27,000, many churches, bars, and other businesses, which
made it much larger than Denver. The pic on the right shows the view
up, what is left of, the mainstreet.
was favoured with the construction of the first Masonic temple between
the Missouri River and the Pacific coast, in June of 1859 (a log
building which was later replaced with a Victorian frame building on
the Main Street). This can be seen on the left hand side of the picture
in the foreground.
The picture above also shows the view back down the main street.
Notice at the far end on the left the red brick building is the "Bald
Mountain Trading Post"...
Life was hard at 9300 feet
elevation. Water was "bought" by the bucket or barrel from vendors
driving wagons. This was one of the reasons why, once the gold had
gone, that the town rapidly diminished.
1862 the gold had gone, and the town shrank, virtually
disappearing off the map.
anything remains today of the once prosperous town. Like so many
of those gold mining towns, all is left the ruins of a bygone age...
there are some unusual sights still standing, such as the City Hall,
and the odd tourist taking photos of himself :)
By the 1930's Nevadaville was a ghost town, with
only a half dozen residents staying on up until recently.
But! If you thought you'd seen the best "tourist pic" in the area - you
haven't. Somewhere on the outskirts of Central City, before you reach
the turn off to Nevadaville you'll come across this...
It's okay, I don't think you
have to look twice at this. Yes, it is a pink outhouse, (on the edge of
a wooden platfrom), with holes in the walls - and arms sticking out.
This right arm happens to be holding a can. I have searched many a
website, and found various pictures of Central City & Nevadaville -
but not one of this. Why? Because I had an expert guide with me - my
lovely wife Sue. She had seen this many years ago - and wanted to share
the moment with me as well :)
The Rocky Mountains are, indeed, a great place to go and visit, even if
you do just mess about in the foothills. And if you stay tuned - or
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our journey :)
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Paul & Sue. Nothing written here is
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P Woodgnome 2004.