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Black Hawk, Colorado

Obscura Day 2015: Central City Cemetery Complex Scavenger Hunt

Join us for a light-hearted exploration of Colorado's gold rush cemeteries.

This Obscura Day, join us for a scavenger hunt through Central City's Cemetery Complex.

Once known as the "Richest Square Mile on Earth", Central City is a historic mining settlement founded in 1859 during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. Now mostly known for its casinos, Central City boasts some of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in the country. With ornate markers and intricate grillwork, the headstones date back to the 1860's and provide a fascinating glimpse into Colorado's gold rush history.

We'll meet at the entrance of the Knights of Pythias Cemetery and break off into groups, though you're also welcome to participate solo. You'll explore the large cemetery complex, guided with a scavenger hunt list. The scavenger hunt is an opportunity to connect to the magical and strange details of the cemeteries - prompting you to look closely and connect to the past. Participants will be armed with cameras (or cellphone cameras) to "prove" their discoveries. Costumes are encouraged but not required!

Afterwards, we'll meet up again at the historic (and allegedly haunted) Gold Coin Saloon in downtown Central City to discuss our findings.

DETAILS:
Saturday, May 30; 12:00pm - 1:30pm, followed by drinks and discussion at the Gold Coin Saloon!
Cost: $5
Meet-up will be at 12:00pm at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery gate.

The Cemetery Complex is located at the intersection of Upper Apex Road and Bald Mt. Road, a couple of miles above town. After arriving in Central City, continue on the road that goes past the Opera House (Eureka Street). You'll drive for a little over a mile from the Opera House. The road will become unpaved and turn into Upper Apex Road. To your left, you'll see an old gold mine. Continue up the road about 20 feet and make a right into the first entrance. There is a designated parking area for the Knights of Pythias cemetery.

You can also type "Knights of Pythias Cemetery" into Google Maps for detailed directions.