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For the safety and health of our guests and staff the Tour Office will be closed until further notice.  Like everyone, we are watching what is going on and will reopen as soon as we are able.  We will post updates here and on our Facebook page as things develop, and if there any adjustments to the date the museum will open or other events we will post that information as well.  If you need to reach us, call the museum at 303-582-5283 to leave a message or email us at gilpinhistory@live.com.

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Since you can't come to the history right now, we'll bring some history to you...

On November 15, 1906, Central City native Grace Martin married Leroy Mills.  Leroy was involved with mining in Gilpin County and also worked in the Central City post office.  Grace and Leroy had three daughters:  Florence, Loretha, and Zelda.  Leroy died in 1942, and Grace died in 1964.  They, along with their daughter Florence, Grace’s parents William and Sarah Martin, and Leroy’s mother and stepfather Robert and Fannie Wilkinson, are buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery above Central City.  Leroy’s father, William, is buried in the Red Man Lodge Cemetery above Central City.

Aime Rapin, a jeweler who had his store, Rapin’s Mineral Palace, on Main Street in Central City from 1894 until about 1913, made Grace’s wedding ring.  The center of the ring is a piece of gold from one of Gilpin County’s mines.  Rapin moved his store from Central City to Oak Creek, Colorado.  He was killed in a car accident there in 1919 and is buried at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver.