The Becker Bates Mine Central City Colorado
The Richest Square Mile on Earth! On May 6, 1859 gold was discovered here by John H Gregory. The Bates would be the second lode gold discovery on May 19, 1859 by Gregory for Captain William Bates of US Army. Theodore Becker starting buying claims on the Bates in 1860. The Becker Bates Mine would be held by the Becker family for three generations through the 1930s.
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