Black Hawk, Colorado is the least populous incorporated city in the state. It was originally founded adjacent to Central City in 1859 during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. The area flourished following the construction of the amalgamation mills and the discovery of more ore bodies. Then the quality of the ores dropped and the amalgamation mills ceased working.
In 1868, Nathaniel P. Hill built Colorado's first successful ore smelter in Black Hawk. It was able to recover gold from the deeper sulfide ores and gold mining came back into vogue again. But declining returns from the ore bodies set in after 1900, and Black Hawk's fortunes declined with it until Colorado's voters allowed limited stakes casino gambling in 1990.
A much smaller town, Black Hawk's casinos outnumber those of Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 2008, Colorado's voters allowed the local towns to "control" themselves in terms of raising those "limited stakes" and lengthening their limited open hours (although there is still a limit of 24 hours per day). So the only gold or silver to be found in the area now is laid out on the felt-covered tables...
No, this isn't a refurbed Victorian from Black Hawk's mining heyday
This is better, some actual original structure, refurbed, as the casino operators promised
Looking down the main drag in Black Hawk, from the old to the new
Looks like some more new stuff getting built, not like the old-timer's did it, of course
More of the original homes in Black Hawk