Weekly Register-Call – April 2, 2015

A Tailing Tale Dolores Spellman, Matriarch of Black Hawk Born January 10, 1933 in Chase Gulch, Dolores Blake Spellman proudly states she is the oldest native resident still living in Black Hawk. As I sat down with the town matriarch recently, she pointed out on a picture of the town every location that has been an integral part of her… Read more »

Weekly Register-Call – March 26, 2015

A Tailing Tale Pony Express to Printing Press When miners and settlers first came west, the only communication they had with home was through travelers they met along the trail, or in towns and mining camps. News was precious and rare, and word-of-mouth was the only means of keeping in touch. However, soon after the California gold rush of 1849,… Read more »

Weekly Register-Call – March 19,2015

A Tailing Tale George Crofutt’s Observations of Gilpin County (1885) Gilpin County, of which Central is the commercial center, is the oldest and perhaps the best developed mining portion of the state of Colorado. Its population is 7,000. The veins hereabouts are all true fissures, and there are many shafts down to the depths of 700 to 1,800 feet. The… Read more »

Weekly Register-Call – March 12, 2015

A Tailing Tale Marshal Clark of Black Hawk in 1863 I recently had the opportunity to visit with Black Hawk’s Chief of Police, Stephen Cole, to discuss Robert A. Clark, the first Marshal of Black Hawk, and the first Colorado law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. As the killing of Clark occurred prior to Colorado declaring statehood,… Read more »

Weekly Register-Call – March 5, 2015

A Tailing Tale The Central City Fire on May 21, 1874 The ever-present danger lurked in the fact that for more than a dozen summers, the dry Colorado sun beat steadily down on the city built of wooden structures along narrow streets, creating combustible timber, and the citizens of Central City took that threat seriously. It was the main topic… Read more »

Weekly Register-Call – February 26, 2015

A Tailing Tale The Bummer Gang and Judge Llynch Born from the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, by the late 1850’s, Denver soon became a city rampant with boozers, losers, and petty thieving. Clothing disappeared from local clotheslines.  Game and supplies vanished from farmer’s wagons and markets.  The perpetrators robbed stores in broad daylight, and heavily armed hooligans prayed on the… Read more »

Weekly Register-Call – February 12, 2015

A Tailing Tale McFarlane’s 1906 Elmore Awhile back, I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with Donald Vaughn of Golden, and hearing his beautiful story about a woman, an automobile, and his deep respect and affection for both. In 1991, Donald worked on Luella Thomas’s home, and during that time, they became great friends. Luella, then in her… Read more »

Weekly Register-Call – January 29, 2015

A Tailing Tale Legend of the Yellow Rose Twenty-year-old Philip Penrose rode into Central City on an old mule named Daisy on an unusually warm day in June 1862. After months of traveling, he nearly burst with delight as he made his way through Black Hawk Pointe, passed noisy stamp mills, up the muddy incline toward his destination. Philip’s friends,… Read more »