On Sunday, June 22, 2003, Gary Hawley led GPR members on his great tour of the historic Black Hawk and Central City Mining Distict:
On this tour, everyone saw and heard the history of the Roscoe Placer, John Gregory's original gold mine (the one that started the 1859 gold rush to Colorado), the Boodle Mine, the ghost town of Nevadaville, the railroad system, several old historic cemeteries, and much more. (Of course, we did NOT enter any mines!)
As is typical of these tours, this one adhered to a schedule so we could get everything in during the day:
Each "tourist" was urged to bring a sack lunch, drinking water, camera, and binoculars. All were reminded to be prepared for weather changes and that restroom facilities were very limited in the mountains. They also were reminded that food and drinks were NOT available for takeout in Black Hawk or Central City. And, because of the lack of parking in some of the places to be visited, all were asked to carpool from the park.
- 9:00 - Gatherd at Lions Park in the City of Golden
- 9:30 - Tour left Golden
- 12:00 - Tour of historic cemeteries
- 1:00 - Picnic lunch
- 1:30 - Headed for Nevadaville
- 3:00 - Tour ended in Central City
Thanks to Jeff Mosteller for taking the photos of the tour (see below). This was a combined club tour with the Gold Prospectors of Colorado (GPOC) from Colorado Springs. There were members from both clubs and several GPR prospective members who joined the tour as guests. They had beautiful weather and a good time was had by all, except for the trip over the Oh! My God! Road. I didn't know screams could echo like that (just kidding!).