Blackhawk Colorado may be a small town, there are only about one hundred people who live there and call it home. But one little known fact about the area is that it boasts more casinos than Atlantic City, a much bigger and better known gambling town than Blackhawk. When the town was losing citizens and having a hard time enticing people to live and work in such a small mountain town, the city council realized that they were going to have to close down due to lack of industry, or change the laws and ordinances that governed the town. They needed a strong industry that would create the revenue that the town needed and wasn’t able to get from the very small tax base that they had dealt with for many decades. The idea to allow casinos in the town limits was a bit of a contentious one, but it was eventually agreed upon and passed into law. Over the many years since that has happened, industry really has come to the mountains of Colorado. Once a very sleep dot on a small and winding highway heading west out of Denver, Blackhawk now boasts more casinos than Atlantic City, and several high rise hotels that offer all the same comforts and qualities that you would find if you were to visit a larger and more popular gaming and gambling town. Atlantic City may have the ocean as a draw, but Blackhawk has the incredible views of the Rocky Mountains out the back door, and the allure of an old mining town that still holds a lot of the charm that comes from those old buildings and city streets.

The casinos have brought a lot of the entertainment that was missing from town life as well, from the Central City Opera to all of the traveling theater companies that pass through town on a regular basis. There are several original bars that are still in operation from the original mining town daysblackhawk restaurants, and also new and trendy clubs and bars in the hotels that attract weekend vacationers from Denver as well as a high number of out of state travelers. The city council now collects the necessary revenues to keep the town moving forward and keep the bills paid, and that is certainly thanks to the 17 casinos that have been built up in the town limits. There are so many more jobs than were available before, from the restaurants and hotels to the casinos themselves, everyone is always hiring to keep up with the influx of vacationers and other travelers who pass through to see the gambling town in the height of the rocky mountains. There does not seem to be any slowing down, and soon there may be many more than the 17 casinos here, since they are all small and in the original mining town buildings, there is definitely room for a few more to crop up on the main highway. As the hotels are building rooms, the casinos are expanding and the restaurants are growing.

 

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