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Central City
Gilpin County, Colorado


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Statistics & Facts

The Colorado state capital is Denver.
The population of Central City is approximately 335 (1990), 663 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 281 (1990), 342 (2010).
The amount of land area in Central City is 2.265 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Central City to Washington DC is 1617 miles.
The distance to the Colorado state capital is 21 miles. (as the crow flies)
Central City is positioned 39.79 degrees north of the equator and 105.51 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Central City elevation is 8,496 feet above sea level.


about 20 miles west of Denver. Nearby communities include: Black Hawk, Rollinsville, Dumont and Pinecliffe.
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seasonal. Some say there the weather in the area has 13 days of summer with three days of spring before and three days of fall afterward. The rest is winter! This may be a little stretch of the actual weather, but many years, the first snow comes in September and comes as late as June.

The location of this area near the Continental Divide brings about strong winter winds. Snowdrifts may grow huge due to the winds and may not melt at all until Spring. The cold, strong winds coupled with the low temperatures causes a wind chill which freezes exposed skin quickly. Those living and traveling in the area should dress accordingly.
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History & History Related Items

The Cornish and Welsh miners here built many of the rock walls upon which the streets were built. These walls were built without mortar. Many of the walls survive today.

The Central City and Black Hawk area billed itself as the "richest square mile on earth" during the heyday of mining prior to the turn of the century. Although there is still "gold in them thar hills," the global mining economy is such that very little mining and milling occurs today although it is a legal use by right in many places.

There is also a new "gold rush" going on in this area. Limited Stakes Casino gaming began in Black Hawk and Central City in 1991 and has brought new life to the area with tourists.
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Gilpin County Museum
228 E High St
Central City, CO 80427
Phone: 303-582-5283

Central City Opera House
Built in 1878 by the Cornish and Welsh miners of the area.

Teller House
A museum of Victorian artifacts and furniture which once belonged to Governor John Evans and Baby Doe Tabor. It also is the site of the "Face on the Barroom Floor" made famous by Hugh Antoine D'Arch's poem.
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Central City Chamber

Gilpin County Chamber of Commerce
117 Eureka St.
P.O. Box 488
Central City, CO 80427

Central City Organizations

Gilpin County Chamber of Commerce
117 Eureka St.
P.O. Box 488
Central City, CO 80427 Central City


Central City is located in the Mountain Time zone and does participate in Daylight Savings time.

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