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Rocky Mountain Directory & Colorado Gazetteer

Forms of government previous to Territorial organization, shows that but little attention was paid to legislative matters previous to the discovery of gold, and that the vast extent of country, now embraced within our limits, was controlled either by military officers of the Spanish, French or United States governments, or those of the American Fur Company. After the discovery of gold, and the great emigration that followed, political matters were freely discussed, delegates elected to Congress, and measures inaugurated for the establishment of a Territorial form of government, which was secured in 1861.

In the meantime, the emigrants governed themselves by the people's and miners courts, and a provisional government. During this unsettled condition of governmental affairs, in a country remote from civilization with a population composed of adventurers from all countries, of course more or less lawlessness existed, and acts of violence and bloodshed were not uncommon; but the perpetrators of these crimes were soon dealt summarily with by the law-abiding citizens, and early in 1860, after a few judicious hangings, whippings and banishments had taken place, the population was as orderly, and life and property as secure as in the old States.

Colorado Counties 1871

Arapaho Boulder Clear Creek Gilpin
Park Summit Jefferson Douglas
Lake Fremont Huerfano Costilla
Conejos Saguache Bent Greenwood
Pueblo Las Animas El Paso Larimer

Colorado Colonies

Union Colony German Colony Chicago-Colorado Colony Southwestern Colony
Meeker-Greeley Colony

Colorado Town Histories

Boulder Black Hawk Burlington Caribou City
Central Colorado City Denver Georgetown
Golden Grand Island District Haddam Idaho Springs

Colorado Town Gazetteers 1871

Denver A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z
Boulder Black Hawk Burlington Central
Colorado City Georgetown Golden Greeley
Idaho Springs Keysport Kit Carson Pueblo
  Valmont Trinidad  

Business Directories

Boulder Denver Black Hawk Central
Georgetown Golden Nevada Pueblo


Episcopal Church Methodist Church Presbyterian Church
Catholic Church

Of Historical Value

Central Institute St. James Library Territorial Library Colorado Ag Society
Boulder County Ag Ford Park Assoc. Turners Masonic
Odd Fellows Good Templars G. A. R. Military Posts

Railroads and Wagon Roads and More

Denver Pacific Union Pacific Kansas Pacific Denver & Boulder Valley
Colorado Central Southern Overland Mail and Express Company
Enterprise Road Boulder Valley Central & Middle Central & Georgetown
Chicago Creek Idaho & Fall River Georgetown & Breckinridge
Georgetown & Argentine Telegraph Lines US & Mexico Telegraph

Just bits of Information

Arapaho County Denver Theater The Press Tunnels
Mountain Ranches .. .. Pikes Peak


Source: Rocky Mountain Directory and Colorado Gazetteer, 1871, S. S. Wallihan & Company, Compilers and Publishers, Denver, 1870.


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