On April 12, 1864, Black Hawk became the second city in Colorado to be incorporated — three years behind Denver and just a few hours ahead of Central City, the booming mining town up Gregory Gulch. But Black Hawk is the boom town today — thanks not just to its location a mile below the slumping Central City, but also to some savvy positioning two decades ago, after Coloradans approved a constitutional amendment allowing limited-stakes gaming in Central City, Black Hawk and Cripple Creek. While Central City took things slowly in order to comply with the professed historic-preservation goals of that measure, all bets were off in Black Hawk, where developers literally moved mountains in order to create bigger and better casinos. And by the time Central City got back in the game, there was no catching... More >>>