In recognition of the 25th year of Jefferson County Archives, and this past October being National Archives Month, archivist Ronda Frazier has been sharing fun images, stories, and other items on the county Facebook page each Thursday. Most of these, along with other historic information, also appear on the JCHC Facebook page. Here are some samples of recent postings:
This image is a land patent from September 1, 1866 for the original town site of Golden, Colorado. Golden was originally bounty land, used to entice military service. Grants of free land were issued to men who served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War and the Indian Wars. Veterans or their heirs could claim bounty land or assign or sell it to others. Both of these warrants were issued for service in the War of 1812 and assigned to a Jefferson County judge for the benefit of the occupants of Golden City in 1866.
This photo of a little girl (Doris Hilton) was taken in 1926 at Tiny Town. By dating the photo based on the girl’s clothing and doing some research on Tiny Town, County Archivist Ronda Frazier was able to help the donor establish a timeline of her family’s travels back and forth across the U.S.
Jefferson County Archives also just received a donation of a home movie of Tiny Town taken in the 1930s. We will be digitizing the film soon and can’t wait to see what is on it!
**Throwback Thursday** Posted Oct 6, 2016
This image is a Railroad Aid bond issued by Jefferson County in 1868 in order to raise $100,000 to fund construction of the Colorado Central Railroad. The principal amount of $1,000 was to mature in 15 years at an interest rate of 8%. The attached coupons were payable annually on June 1st, for the amount of $80. The bond was signed by County Commissioners Edward L. Berthoud, T.C. Bergen, and William M. Allen, and also features a 50 cent U.S. revenue stamp which paid the tax duty on the document.
The postcard was written and mailed in 1911 by a Morrison resident. On the postcard is an image of the original Jefferson County Courthouse at present-day 1501 Washington Ave. in Golden. The postcard was found at a flea market in Iowa by L.G. Joerg of Farimont, MN and sent to the County Archivist in care of the Auditor’s Office in 1994.
The cornerstone for the original Jefferson County Courthouse was laid June 23, 1877 at present-day 1501 Washington Ave. The original courthouse and jail opened February 15, 1878. Denver architect W.H.J. Nicholls designed the building, which cost $30,000 to build. The courthouse was in use until 1953, when the new courthouse at 1700 Arapahoe St. was built. The original courthouse building was demolished in 1963.
More to Explore
Visit the Jefferson County Facebook page to find more Throwback Thursday memorabilia from the Archives, including Jim Beam whiskey decanters from elections depicting political parties, historical photos of people and places, and original documents from early years.
Jefferson County has records dating back to the mid-1800s (before Colorado was a state)! Did you know these records are available for the public to access? Citizens can access census data, ledgers, photos, maps, and many other historic records. All you need to do is contact Jefferson County Archives and make an appointment. For more information about Jefferson County Archives, appointments, or internship and volunteer opportunities, email County Archivist Ronda Frazier, call 303-271-8448, or visit Jeffco Archives online.