Superfund Site:

CENTRAL CITY, CLEAR CREEK
IDAHO SPRINGS, CO

Superfund Site Profile

Site Contacts

Remedial Project Manager
Leslie Sims
(303) 312-6224

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Site Location

Street Address:
NEAR TOWN
IDAHO SPRINGS, CO 80452

Background

The Central City, Clear Creek site consists of a 400-square-mile watershed extending from the Continental Divide east to near Golden, Colorado. The site is located in Gilpin and Clear Creek counties. The discovery of gold near Idaho Springs, Central City and Black Hawk in 1859 played a significant role in Colorado’s gold rush. For the next 20 years, the Black Hawk/Central City area was the leading mining center in Colorado primarily due to the construction of mills to process the gold and silver mined nearby. The silver crash in the 1890s led to a decline in area mining, but mining ...
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