Images of America: Black Hawk and Central City

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Images of America: Black Hawk and Central City
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Images of America: Black Hawk and Central City
Ordway, Kathryn
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Denver, CO
Center for Colorado and the West
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Images of America: Black Hawk and Central City | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:36:28 PM] Home Images of America: Black Hawk and Central CityImages of America: Black Hawk and Central CitySubmitted by nwharton on 3-20-2014 10:23 AMAuthor: David Forsyth Publishing: Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2013. 127 pages. Black-andwhite photograph. 6 x 9. $21.99 paperback. Reviewer: Kathryn Ordway Reviewer Affiliation: Red Rocks Community College. Images of America: Black Hawk and Central City is a photoessay that brings together many very interesting images spanning the history of Gilpin County. While the books focus is on the two cities in the title, the author also makes a point to include images from some of the surrounding communities, such as American City, Tolland, and Russell Gulch. As the book begins we see the earliest images of mining and those who came to the area to strike it rich. The book includes hard-to-find images taken in the mines themselves, giving the reader an idea of the amount of machinery involved in the hard-rock mining process for gold. The author also includes a unique image of a forgotten mined substanceuranium. This book surveys pictorially the changes the cities went through during their histories. Mineshafts, churches, and school buildings as well as houses and hotels can be seen in a variety of images throughout the book. Photos taken of the skylines of the cities provide contrast with close-up images of many of the important buildings and details from those buildings. The Face on the Barroom Floor and the Fanny on the ceiling both make appearances. The Central City Opera is also given extensive coverage. Besides images of the opera house, there are photos of many of the world-famous performers and the crowds waiting to see them Mining needed lots of manpower, and this book does not neglect the human element. While it contains photos of some of the more prominent citizens, many more photos give the reader an idea of the everyday lifestyle of these towns. Photos of the miners themselves, as well as their families, are sprinkled throughout the book. Class photographs taken in front of the schools give the reader an idea of how many families moved into these towns during the gold rush. The authors take care to note that not all of the students were white, showing a diversity in the 1800s that is often forgotten in Colorado. Other images include baseball teams that were founded to entertain and bring pride to local residents. Moving in chronological order from the glory days of the late 1800s to the early 1900s, the book then examines the decline of these towns in the mid-1900s. Forsythe then includes recent photos taken since the early 1990s when the towns changed drastically with the passing of Amendment 4, which allowed for small-stakes gambling. This changed Central City and Black Hawk drastically as shown in the images contrasting deserted streets, to the gambling boom, and the influx of small casinosgradually taken over EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanWe were most agreeably surprised to find him a polished gentleman. Description of James P. Beckwourth, African American mountain man, fur trader and explorer.


Images of America: Black Hawk and Central City | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:36:28 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us by the large multinational casinos which are operating today. The author successfully illustrates the story of this county through the wonderful images accompanied by his well-written captions. This book is short, coming it at 127 pages, but it does a great job giving the reader a quick history of these towns and their greater significance in Colorado and mining history. Reviewer Info: Kathryn Ordway is a fifth-generation Colorado native, who graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with an MA in history in 2004. She currently lives in Lakewood and teaches history at Red Rocks Community College.