Colorado’s Gaming Towns: Black Hawk

Year Listed: 1998
County: Gilpin County
Construction Date: 1850s
Threat When Listed: Development
Status: ALERT
 

One of three of the most historic mining towns in Colorado and the nation, Black Hawk is a National Historic Landmark District and Black Hawk was placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Places in America list in 1998.  Shortly after listing on Colorado Preservation, Inc’s Most Endangered Places, Colorado Senate Local Government Committee passed Senate Bill 98-069 to define size and style of casinos and to clarify vague language in the original constitutional amendment authorizing gaming.  While this bill did not pass, it created new opportunities.  Black Hawk has hired a historic preservation consultant and is currently resurveying its historic district.

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Featured Project

4 Bar 4 Ranch

Homesteaded in 1895 by Dick McQueary to provide a stop for the Georgetown Stage Line, the 320-acre 4 Bar 4 Ranch has strong ties to Grand County and Colorado's heritage. The Georgetown Stage Line traveled on the road through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch from Idaho Springs to Hot Sulphur Springs over Berthoud Pass. In 1895 a roadhouse and stage stop were constructed on the ranch. The hotel and barn were constructed using trees from the Ranch property, and the hotel remained open for travelers coming over Berthoud Pass by horseback and wagon until 1913. With the coming of the automobile, the roadway over Berthoud Pass and through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch was considered an integral part of the Trans-Continental “Midland Trail” highway. Following the closing of the stage line, the ranch continued to host travelers until 1912 or 1913 when it was purchased and converted into a Ford Motor Company . Ford vehicles were sold here until 1917, when Harry Larkin purchased the ranch site. Today emergency efforts are underway to ensure it survives through the winter. Donations are in need. To learn more, contact Jennifer Orrigo Charles at jorrigocharlges@coloradopreservation.org.

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