Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April 2014 Scavenger Hunt: Central City and Black Hawk

Hey Everyone!
Goodbye April ~ Hello May!

This month friends of ours 
visited from San Diego,
and we were off to the mountains
to visit the historic gold-mining towns
of Black Hawk and Central City.
These towns are a wonderful place
to explore with a camera,
and explore I did!

Looking Down Main Street
Toward Eureka Street
Central City, Colorado, U.S.A.

 Looking Down Main Street
Toward Eureka Street
Central City, Colorado, U.S.A.

Source:  wikimedia ~ 
by Kilburn, B. W. (Benjamin West), 1827-1909

For several shots I had to 
dip into my photo library.

I hope you have had fun
with April's Scavenger Hunt too.

April's List

1.  A is for Art

One of the fun things to do
at the Ameristar in Black Hawk
is to look at its displays
of historic photographs and
Western paintings.

The Ameristar's Star Club has a wonderful collection of Old West paintings. 

Jon Prud'homme is the artist,
and his paintings and murals
can be found on display
throughout the United States.

Whenever I look at paintings such as these
I try to imagine what it was like 
to live in Colorado so long ago.

2.   11 a.m.
 In the Eleventh Hour

At that time, 
I was standing outside Annie Oakley's
and trying to imagine what it would be like
to walk inside and make a legal purchase.

Annie Oakley's, Central City

3. Smooth
Ameristar Suite

It's always wonderful 
to slip between the smooth sheets
on a bed in the Ameristar,
especially after a soak in the jacuzzi.

4.   Scale
Each Scale on This Dragon is Colorful!

This category was tough!
I had to dip into my Chinese New Year's Photos.

And look what I found
after a lot of hunting
in the "archives."


An antique scale for measuring gold in a photograph I took in the "old"
Gilpin County Court House.

5. Tile
Chandelier and Tin Ceiling Tiles

6.   Logo

The Bonanza is a fun place 
to play blackjack in Central Central. 

7.   Scrap
A Steam Shovel Tears into Scrap Metal

Black Hawk has a new hotel under construction,
and it began with removing the old 
to replace it with the new.

8.   Match

The Top Windows on This Historic Building 
Are a Perfect Match.

Central City Mayor John C. Jenkins, 
elected in 1896, 
owned this hardware store with partners 
D. J. McKay and David Henderson.
They carried hardware, roofing materials,
plumbing, and gas-fitting supplies.
Source:  Portrait and Biographical Record of Denver and Vicinity,  p. 1263

9.   Path
Rough Path Along Hillside 

If you climb the stairs 
in the Opera Garden between
the Teller House 
and the Central City Opera House,
you will find a rough path along a hillside
leading to great views of the surrounding area,
including St. Mary of the Assumption Church.   

10.   Layers
Black Hawk, Colorado

The adventurous can climb stairs
up the layers of the city of Black Hawk ~
elevation 8,537 feet or 2,602 meters. 

11.   Carry

This Steel Carries
the Load of the
New Extension to the
Mardi Gras.

This little burro carries a young Bob Farrell
outside the Central City Opera House in 1932.

12.  Truck
This truck symbol means a very steep hill
on the way into Central City ~
so much fun when it's icy.

Trucks go up and down the switchbacks
in and out of Black Hawk all day long ~
something to watch from the windows 
while walking/running on a treadmill
at the Ameristar Fitness Center. 

May's List
L is for ? ~ Not M ????? 
7 p.m.,  Left,  Gadget,  Puzzle,  Letter,  Reflection,  Fresh,  Tiny,  Hidden,  Demolition,  Antique

Thanks to Jill and her Made with Love blog for setting up the hunt.


Bonus Match
Two Good Buds Having Fun
in Matching Blues ~
the Ever-Patient Terry and Jon


  1. Thanks for taking part in this months scavenger hunt. You have a great group of photos. I really like carry, layers and scale. Greenthumb

    1. Thank you, Jill! It's always fun ~ I love the challenge of the hunt! Take care!

  2. Great pictures.Love the old photos.

    1. Thank you, Gill! I'm still smiling over your elephants! Have a good one!

  3. That was a lot of steps!
    Cool to see the old blend so well with the new.

    1. Hey Alex! There are steps everywhere in Black Hawk and Central City! It's such a fun place. I hope that you are enjoying your week!

  4. These pictures are amazing. Central City looks like one of those quintessential towns that you used so see in the old western movies! I can just see a bar with swinging wooden doors :)

    1. Hey Keith! Thank you! There is a bar with swinging doors! I love playing blackjack in the Bonanza because I feel like I'm in the Colorado of its territory days. So fun! Have a happy day!

  5. Oh, what fun! I'd get lost in a place like that with my camera. So much to enjoy and photograph. And I love that photo of you soaking in the Jacuzzi with a drink in hand! Best photo!

    1. LOL! ~ I wasn't sure if I would put the photo of me in, but then I did! You would go bonkers with your camera in our god-mining towns. Have a awesome rest of the day!

  6. Replies
    1. Thanks, Debra! Now if I could just catch my tail! LOL! Take care!

  7. Replies
    1. Thanks, Adam! Dragons, dinosaurs, Godzillas, they all fascinate me!

  8. Looks like quite the quaint little town indeed.

    1. Hey, Pat!
      Hope all is well where you're at!
      Central City is like a time machine ~
      So much fun! Have a good one!

  9. You always have such an original approach to the scavenger hunts and I love seeing your trips through them. I really liked that you showed the historical photos too this time. I think my favourite is that tin ceiling. x

    1. Thank you, Julie! I was fascinated with the ceiling tiles. We actually had tin tiles on the ceiling of an old house we lived in in Freeport, Nova Scotia. I loved them! Have a great week!

  10. AHHHHHHHHHH, why didn't I think of reptile scales-I've got a GREAT picture of an adorable gecko I fell in love with at a friend's house!!! Love all your scale ones and I like all the Annie Oakley too!!! Tin ceiling tiles???? Really? Thanks for your nice comment x

    1. Hi Kezzie! Really ~ tin ceiling tiles! You'll find them in old houses in the Maritimes for one place. My great grandmother had them on the ceiling in her parlor. Have a happy Friday!

  11. Excellent job! I like "smooth" (the jacuzzi with wine!), but I think those stairs in "layers" would just finish me off.

    1. Thanks, Terry! When we went back to Newfoundland and into Labrador in 2011, many of the little coastal communities had built trails. Most of those trails had sections of hundreds of stairs, and with thousands of black flies, we had to move fast! I take my time, stopping to catch my breath as necessary! Take care!

  12. Lookee you all covered in bubbles ~~ no wonder you frequent this establishment!!


    1. Hey Ron! I started to write this comment just before supper, but then Terry walked in the door early! I seriously thought about whether or not to post the bubble bath photo ~ but then it really brought the suite pictures alive! LOL! Have a great weekend!

  13. Fantastic post and I love all the photos. The scene in your first photo makes me want to jump into the picture and take a nice long leisurely walk on that street!

    1. Hi Linda! It is so much fun to walk this street and others in Central City and Black Hawk. The problem is you want to go into many buildings along the way, because the insides are as interesting as the outsides! There is awesome history everywhere! I hope you are enjoying a happy Friday!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Steve, and for your kind comment! Have a good one!

  15. You always find such an interesting set of photos (and so many!) for the scavenger hunt. About the miniature cows, I wrote a how to in a reply to Julie's comment on my post, but basically, all I did was upload my original photo to and it did the rest!

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Louise! And thank you for the info about changing scale in a photo! I'll definitely be checking out the website! Have a great weekend!

  16. It is lovely to see other parts of the world through the eyes of another photo scavenger hunter! Great pictures, too.

    1. Hi Christina! You named the best thing about the scavenger hunt ~ seeing the world through the eyes of blogging friends! TGIF! Have a good one!

  17. These are wonderful photos - I really enjoyed seeing these! Looks like a really interesting place, and the hotel suite looks divine!

    1. Thank you, Val! The suite is wonderful, but it's a special treat! Lots of times we get a regular room (which is also very nice!). Have a great weekend!

  18. A wonderful idea of give us a tour along with the scavenger hunt. It looks like a great place to visit. Love the paintings of the Old West and the glorious chandelier.

  19. Thanks, Mairéad! I'm glad that you enjoyed the paintings. I find them fascinating ~ fire and the chuck wagon must have been comfortable gathering places as the sun set and night came on the vast, empty prairie. Central City has many old and beautiful lighting fixtures; but, I love its chandeliers most! Enjoy your weekend!

  20. What a great collection of pictures- it's lovely to see your part of the world, it looks a really intetresting place to visit.

  21. Thank you, Amanda! The fun thing about our world is it is so varied in landscapes and cultures. It we have windows into lives around the world. Fascinating! Have a great week!

  22. Super photos - just fabulous photos.

    1. Thanks, Glo! I'm glad that you enjoyed them!

  23. Hey LBM! You are right!!! I'm so happy to see you back! Have a happy Hump Day!


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