Central City


Apr 22nd, 2003, 05:39 AM
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Central City

Any advice if this would be a worthwhile visit? We will be driving from Denver to Vail and thought about stopping there. thanks for any info..
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Apr 22nd, 2003, 08:03 AM
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It all depends on what you are going there for. If you are into limited gaming then you'll probably prefer Black Hawk to CC (it's right next door). Even though CC is an interesting town architecturally/historically, the poor economy and the lure of Black Hawk's superior casinos have caused it to become somewhat of a ghost town. Every other shop in CC is closed and there are only three or four casinos left open out of the original sixteen or so.

Hopefully, some day it will make a comeback (it still stands as a fine example of a victorian/western mining town). In the meantime, however, the only reason to visit there is for the Opera company and to look at the buildings.

Hope this helps,

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Apr 22nd, 2003, 08:59 AM
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thanks for the info. we are looking for an "old Town" to visit..not the gambling..
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Apr 23rd, 2003, 01:41 PM
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If you are looking for the "old town" aspect and don't care about the gambling, there's no need to cross the mountain to Central City. Along the route from Vail to Denver, there are two neat little towns to explore: Georgetown and Idaho Springs.

Georgetown is a little more cosmopolitan with a mining-era hotel and several good places to eat. I'm not sure when you are going but check out the Georgetown Loop to see if it's running. It's a reconstructed mining train that runs from Georgetown to Silverthorne, across an impressive loop trestle and through the mountain pines.

Idaho Springs has a little more of the flavor of the old west mining towns, most of it being built along the hillsides and it also has an authentic old stamping mill for gold and silver ore with huge tailings from the mining days.

The trip to Black Hawk/Central City is neat also but they have been somewhat overwhelmed by the casinos and are more touristy. Enjoy whichever you choose.
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