Take in All That Black Hawk Has to Offer
While Black Hawk may be one of the least populated cities in Colorado,
that certainly doesn't mean the city is lacking in attractions. In addition to
casino entertainment, Black Hawk and its neighboring cities offer glimpses into
the history of the westward expansion of the United States of America.
An estimated 400,000 history buffs and cowboy aficionados visit the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum annually. Opened in 1921, the museum honors the memory of one of Colorado's most revered native sons, William F. Cody. This real-life legendary hero and talented entertainer starred in a Wild West show that he created in 1882. Cody was an entertainment guest at Buckingham Palace during the reign of Queen Victoria. Included among the exhibits at the museum is the U.S. Medal of Honor that was awarded to Cody in 1872.
Featuring a two-month rotational basis, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum exhibits quilts in two large display areas. The main goal of the museum is to educate the public about this art form, to preserve the art of fine needlework and to inspire others to carry on this dwindling tradition. Some quilts on display were made prior to 1840. The museum's quilt collection also includes theme quilts, including one for Bobby McFerrin's song “Don't Worry Be Happy.” New and used quilts are available for purchase at the museum store.
A trip to the Golden History Museums allows visitors to experience the history of Golden, CO. Did you know Golden was the discovery place of the Tyrannosaurus Rex? Explore exhibits, engage in museum programs and observe collections at the Golden History Center. Also located nearby is the Astor House Museum. From 1867 to 1031, Astor House Museum served legislators, miners and students as a boarding and rooming house. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Astor House is home to one of the first bathtubs in town!
Music lovers of all genres find the Central City Opera House to be a fascinating place to visit. Constructed by miners of Welsh and Irish extraction, the opera house is included on the 1973 National History Landmarks list. The opera house's roster of guest artists includes an appearance by Buffalo Bill in the late 1880s, as well as the nation's fifth-oldest opera company. The opera house is an extremely popular venue for summer festivals and recently celebrated its 75th anniversary of being home to a local opera company.
For visitors desiring to experience something other than gambling or touring historic buildings, ideal sites are located in and around Black Hawk for picnicking, camping, family fun and breathtaking views of higher mountain peaks and valleys below. Family fun is available at Eldora Mountain, where its 43 ski trails and its 27-mile cross country ski trail are graced by an average of 300 inches of snow annually.