A trip across the bridge towards Hancock brings you alongside a steep hillside truncated by a large retaining wall. Peering up above that wall and to the hill’s top reveals a collection of impressive homes and a drive up that hill reveals even more. This is East Hancock, a community that was once home to Hancock’s upper echelon. It was a place set apart from the rest of the city not just economically but geographically as well thanks to a wide deep ravine bordering its western edge. The ravine gave East Hancock its own barrier and created a pseudo gated community – perhaps the region’s first. Within its confines would reside Hancock’s upper class – lawyers, mine clerks, business owners, and bankers. For those with aspirations to be Hancock’s elite, East Hancock was the neighborhood of choice.
More than a century later those upper class residents no longer call the neighborhood home, yet the grand opulent buildings they erected continue to stand as monuments to East Hancock’s more prestigious past – carefully maintained and cared for by their current occupants. Because of them those beautiful homes can be enjoyed still today for those willing to take a walk or drive through the shaded streets.