Central City, city, situate 1861 of Gilpin district, north-focal Colorado, the U.S. It lies along North Fork of Clear Creek in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, 26 miles 42 km west of Denver. A noteworthy mining town on a rough slope along Gregory Gulch height 8,560 feet 2,609 meters, it began not long after the main essential gold deposit was found there in 1859 by John H. Gregory. It wound up known as Central City since its focal area made it the gathering place for mineworkers in the locale and the focal point of provisions and mail for other mining camps.
Amid its blast days in the 1860s, it was known as the "wealthiest square mile on earth"; its populace achieved 15,000, and for a couple of years it matched Denver as Colorado's biggest city. In 1874 a fire demolished the vast majority of the wooden structures in the city, including its rickety playhouses. After four years a fine musical drama house was worked of mountain stone. Focal City grieved with the drop in gold creation, and by the 1930s it was right around a phantom town.