In 1855 settlements began along the Pottawatomie Creek. In 1857 the town of Jerome was started. By 1870 it had grown considerably and the town's name was changed to Central City. Hopes for the town was raised when they started work on a railroad to run through Central City. However, the railroad never materialized and Central City slowly died off. Evidence of the railroad still remain to this day as the bridge abutments still remain at the Cedar Creek crossing and west of the creek you can see where grading for the railroad was started north of Mont Ida. All that remains today of Central City is the cemetery located a quarter mile west of the county road. The stone pillars for the cemetery gate remains in place on the road.