Women in Mining honored

Barbara Lawlor, Gilpin County.  On Thursday, Nov. 2, a unique sign was unveiled off of Spring Street, above the city. Created in partnership with the Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety, the sign celebrates the diversity which women played in the evolution of Central City and of Colorado.


The city was established in 1859 after the discovery of gold in the Gregory Lode. Now visitors can reach Central City via the Parkway. An original sign, installed by the US Department of the Interior/Bureau of Land Management, welcomed visitors to the Colorado Mining Country, making a reference to the women involved in the industry.


In 2014, the sign was damaged and members of the community asked for a replacement. Through the generous support of Colorado DRR-DRMS Commission, a new sign, focused on Central City, was created.


Women have always played an invaluable role in the development of Central City’s mining industry and this new sign will forever recognize their effort then and now.

Barbara Lawlor

Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.