“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Black Hawk in Gilpin County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Train Trestle

Train Trestle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 1, 2009
1. Train Trestle Marker
[Photo captions, counter clockwise from top left:]
Looking west up Gregory Street with Masonic Building and Rohling Inn on the left. Copyright, Colorado Historical Society, Original Photographs, Scan #20004630.
Gregory Street on the left with train trestle beyond. Denver Public Library, Western History Collection X-2008
Pedestrians walking below trestle. Gilpin Historic Society.
Women on the train trestle. Gilpin Historic Society.
Gilpin County, Colorado
Black Hawk History
Gregory Street Crossing
The Colorado Southern Narrow Gauge Railroad (originally the Colorado Central Railroad) was vital to Black Hawk. During the late 1800ís aside from rugged wagon roads, it was one of the only means of transportation to Black Hawk to cross high above Gregory Street without disrupting pedestrian and wagon traffic below.

The train trestle was one of the most distinguishable structures in all of Black Hawk. Although passenger transport by train started to decline in the early 1900ís with the invention of the automobile, the trestle remained standing until 1970ís, when it was demolished for lumber.

During the 2007-í08 renovation of the Rohling Inn and expansion of the Fitzgeralds Casino, remnants of the trestle footings and support columns were uncovered, including the display piece below.
Location. 39° 48.083′ N, 105° 29.693′ W. Marker is in Black Hawk, Colorado, in Gilpin County. Marker is at the intersection of Gregory Street and Selack Street on Gregory Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Gregory Street, Black Hawk CO 80422, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birdís-eye view of Black Hawk (about

Colorado Central Railroad Trestle image. Click for full size.
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2. Colorado Central Railroad Trestle
300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fickís Carriage Shop (about 300 feet away); Gilpin Hotel (about 300 feet away); Colorado Central Railroad (approx. half a mile away); Central City Opera (approx. 0.9 miles away); Central City (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Rose Haydee Building (approx. one mile away); The Ignatz Meyer Building (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Black Hawk.
Also see . . .  Colorado Central Railroad - Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 22, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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