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  • Gilpin County

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    Gilpin County, named for William Gilpin, Colorado’s first territorial governor, was established in 1861 as one of the original seventeen counties of the Colorado Territory.
    Gilpin County
  • Central City, c. 1880

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    John H. Gregory's gold discovery in 1858 led to the establishment of Central City. By the time of this photo, the city had emerged as one of the cultural hubs of Colorado's mining country.
    Central City, c. 1880
  • Central City Opera House, c. 1935.

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    The Central City Opera House was built by mine workers to provide entertainment for the city’s residents in the late nineteenth century.
    Central City Opera House, c. 1935.
  • Gold Mining in Gilpin County, c. 1860-69

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    Placer mining operations like the one shown here produced more than $240,000 in gold in Gilpin County during the 1860s, but came at a heavy environmental cost. This photo shows a stream bed that has been rearranged, and the hillside in the background was cleared of trees to build the houses and wooden sluices in the foreground.
    Gold Mining in Gilpin County, c. 1860-69

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