City of Black Hawk celebrates 155th birthday March 11

Picturesque mountain community preserves the past and
prepares for the future

Black Hawk, CO - March 10, 2019

The mountain city of Black Hawk is celebrating its 155th anniversary on Monday, March 11th. It was on that date in 1864 that the gold-mining hotspot was officially incorporated.

Black Hawk had been a flurry of activity for five years before becoming an official city, following a history-making lode gold strike in 1859. That’s when prospector John H. Gregory first discovered lode gold in the narrow ravine that was then part of the Kansas Territory. "Gregory Gulch," in the northwest part of the city, drew thousands of would-be miners to find their fortunes.

Black Hawk was connected by railroad with Denver in 1872, helping bring refined gold out of the mountains and helping fund Denver’s growth. Black Hawk’s population peaked in 1880 with about 1,500 residents.

Colorado voters kicked off a new gold rush in 1990 when they voted to allow limited stakes gambling. Over the past 30 years, nearly $1 billion has been invested in land, casinos, and related development. Today, this picturesque mountain city generates over 85% of Colorado's gaming revenue and contributes $100 million annually in taxes to the State of Colorado for tourism, historical preservation, and higher education.

Today, the City of Black Hawk is a quick getaway from Denver, an indoor and outdoor playground where you can enjoy red-hot gaming action, fine dining, and a day in the pristine Colorado mountains.

See Black Hawk's 155th Celebration Video

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Gregory Street Project:

As Black Hawk preserves the spirit of its past, it continues to prepare for the future with an exciting new vision for a development renaissance, destined to once again make history.

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City of Black Hawk Road Closures:

Current Closures:

488 Main Street - June 11, 2019.  Lane restrictions from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, material deliveries.

131 Main Street - June 6th & 10th, 2019. Lane restrictions from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, repairs to hydrant valve located on Main Street. 

Richman Street  @ 119 and Richman - May 29, 2019 to June 28, 2019.  Moving lane closure to install piping for gas line, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.  Friday's to 1:00 pm.

Bobtail Road - between Gregory & Miners Mesa - June 3, 2019 to August 30, 2019.  Road Closed - Monday to Friday - Open at 1:00 pm Fridays for the weekend.

Miner's Mesa Road - May 29, 2019 to June 28, 2019.  Moving lane closure to install piping for gas line, from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.

Mill Bridge & Main Street May 1, 2019 - June 28, 2019.  Moving lane closure for piping install from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.

 Ongoing - Selak & Gregory Streets

During this phase of the City's Gregory Street realignment project, road and lane closures are expected to continue. Please be aware of the possible delays along lower Gregory Street when making travel plans. When possible, one or both lanes will remain open and traffic will continue to be moved as per the direction of flaggers.

Selak Street construction is mostly complete, allowing westbound traffic to access City Hall parking and make business deliveries, though Selak Street may also experience intermittent closures. Z Casino parking will be open and accessible from Selak Street.

Ongoing — Lower Main Street
Throughout the year, intermittent lane closures will occur on Lower Main Street in front of the Monarch Casino. Alternating traffic patterns and possible closures will take place during construction, however, access to both the Monarch and Isle parking garages will remain open.  Update - May 17, 2018, thru September - 2019, right of way closures - 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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