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Our Genealogical Helper for American City ...

So far, we have found very little information about American City. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added American City to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with American City, please Contact Us.

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about American City (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for American City. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in American City ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 73 newspapers that have been published in the area around American City.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of American City, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for American City.

Cemeteries Near American City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of American City.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for American City covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Bald Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Red Men Lodge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Foresters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Missouri City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Rocky Mountain IOOF Lodge #2 Cemetery<3>   [Map]     
  SSE Russell Gulch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nederland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Empire Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Alvorada Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Idaho Springs Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.

While we didn't find American City in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of American City.

These communities are listed based on their distance from American City, with the one closest to American City listed first.

Rollinsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from American City
 - Rollinsville had a post office and no railroad service
Russell Gulch   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from American City
 - 1895 population of 673 people (with 75 people in 1930)
 - Russell Gulch had a post office and no railroad service
Nevadaville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Nevadaville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from American City
 - 1895 population of 956 people (with 6 people in 1950)
 - Nevadaville had a post office and no railroad service
Central City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from American City
 - 1895 population of 2,480 people (with 736 people in 2017)
 - Central City had a post office and railroad service
Lawson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from American City
 - 1895 population of 162 people
 - Lawson had a post office and railroad service
Dumont   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from American City
 - 1895 population of 81 people
 - Dumont had a post office and railroad service
Black Hawk   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from American City
 - 1895 population of 1,067 people (with 127 people in 2017)
 - Black Hawk had a post office and railroad service
Nederland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from American City
 - Nederland had a post office and no railroad service
Caribou - Historic   [Map]
 - While Caribou was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from American City
 - Caribou had a post office and no railroad service
Empire   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from American City
 - 1895 population of 134 people (with 301 people in 2017)
 - Empire had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around American City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring American City in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Although our information shows that the community of American City is historic, it would have been located within present day Gilpin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Gilpin County: Boulder, Clear Creek, Grand & Jefferson.

Below are the counties that are near American City. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to American City:

Gilpin     (The home county for American City)
      Apex - Historic   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Rollinsville   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Nevadaville - Historic   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Russell Gulch   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Black Hawk   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Smith Hill - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hidden Lake   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Berkley   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Federal Heights   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holiday Hills Village   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Twin Lakes   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sherrelwood   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Western Hills   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      North Washington   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Northglenn   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eastlake   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Welby   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thornton   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fort Logan - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bow Mar   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sheridan   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Columbine Valley   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Englewood   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Glendale   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cherry Hills Village   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cherry Knolls   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colfax Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenwood Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Southglenn   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eldora   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Caribou - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Nederland   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pinecliffe   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wondervu   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Crescent Village   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ward   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wallstreet   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eldorado Springs   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Salina   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rowena   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jamestown   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Broomfield Heights   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Broomfield   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
Clear Creek
      Alice   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Saint Mary's   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Downieville-Lawson-Dumont   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Downieville   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dumont   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lawson   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Silver Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Empire   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Idaho Springs   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Berthoud Pass   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Berthoud Falls   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Denver   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Denver   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cherry Creek   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sandown   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Montbello   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Roxborough Park   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highlands Ranch   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Winter Park   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fraser   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tabernash   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Granby   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Grand Lake   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hot Sulphur Springs   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Parshall   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coal Creek   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Twin Spruce   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bergen Park   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Genesee   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Golden   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kittredge   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arapahoe - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brook Forest   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Applewood   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Idledale   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      West Pleasant View   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Big Elk Meadows   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Estes Park   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Drake   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glen Haven   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berthoud   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Weller   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shawnee   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bailey   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chihuahua - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Montezuma   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Johns - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rexford - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dillon   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Swandyke - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Silverthorne   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wildernest   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Breckenridge   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dyersville - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Erie   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dacono   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Frederick   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Firestone   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to American City, see our County-by-County Page for American City.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to American City:

These websites are specific to Colorado:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Colorado to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Gilpin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Arapahoe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Boulder County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Broomfield County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clear Creek County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Denver County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grand County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Larimer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Park County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summit County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Weld County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Colorado:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Colorado,     of Gilpin County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Colorado     Cemetery Wiki for Colorado
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Colorado,     of Gilpin County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Colorado

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Colorado

About Gilpin County

About Colorado

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Gilpin County:

The official website for State of Colorado:

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about American City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from American City. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- American City) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for American City. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from American City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in American City. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.8725, Longitude: -105.5872     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for American City have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church

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