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Central City/Black Hawk Declared in 1961, the Central City/Black Hawk Historic District was once known as the "Richest Square Mile on Earth." When a rich deposit of gold was discovered in hard rock, the first such discovery in the Rocky Mountains, thousand of miners flooded to the area. Central City was the largest city in the territory, but lost out to Denver for State Capitol.
Cripple Creek Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961, Cripple Creek is a former gold mining camp near the base of Pikes Peak. After a population boom from the last great Colorado gold rush in 1893, many buildings were left abandoned. Today, some of these buildings have been resorted into casinos, saloons, accommodations, and museums for you to step back in time.
Georgetown/Silver Plume Declared in 1966, the Georgetown/Silver Plume National Historic District has won awards for its outstanding commitment to maintaining the town's historic resources. The district boasts well preserved examples of buildings and mining structures from the Colorado Silver Boom in the 1800s, and even reconstructed the beloved Georgetown Loop Railroad.
Leadville Not only is Leadville the highest incorporated city in the US, it is also one of Colorado's largest Historic Districts. Designated by Congress in 1966, Leadville spans over 70 square blocks interspersed with buildings that give you a look into the past. It's a beautiful area for a short stroll anytime of year.
Silverton When it was established in 1874, Silverton was in the heart of one of the richest silver-mining regions of Colorado. After being designated a Historic District in 1961, it's now well known for its legacy markers of the mining-era, including the Durango & Silverton narrow Gauge Railroad, the Grand Imperial Hotel, and the ghost town site of Animas Forks.
Telluride With the discovery of gold in the mid 1800s, this remote and rowdy mining camp flourished into a booming town full of possibilities. Telluride was a melting pot of immigrants seeking their fortune, but as usual, the population dwindled away as the gold did. After being declared a National Historic District in 1966, Telluride reinvented itself as the world-class skiing capitol we know today.