Monuments

Carved in Stone

Monuments, markers, and memorials of all sorts are tucked into hidden corners of Jefferson Co. and rarely remembered. This page is our attempt to give them some attention. Let us know your favorite and we’ll get it on our list. Email jeffcohistory@gmail.com to tell us about monuments we’re missing. (We have a few more to add, so stop back!)

What is a Monument? There are probably many different ways to define this. For our purposes here, we plan to include those that consist of a stone structure accompanied by a plaque, usually of metal. Monuments generally commemorate people and events from our history. There will be exceptions along the way, no doubt…

Please note: For practical reasons, our list includes isolated markers, and rules out gravestones and other markers that are within cemeteries. See the Colorado Tombstone Photo Project or Jeffco Genealogy Website for that information.

For another look at markers, visit waymarking.com, which covers all kinds of markers in Colorado or any other state you’d like to check. Michael and Sandra, two of the good folks working on Colorado’s pages, were the first to identify our Mystery Monument, and have a page dedicated to it at First Gold Strike. The Waymarking website is the place to go if you’d like to use your GPS unit to find these and other historic markers.

December 26, 2014: Please bear with us as we update these pages over the next few days. We’ll be bringing you new monument info too. Thanks for your patience!


  

Arapahoe City Monument, West 44th Ave near Golden. Photo courtesy Peter J. Modreski.

Arapahoe City Monument, West 44th Ave near Golden. Photo courtesy Peter J. Modreski.

Monument to T.C. Bergen, founder of Bergen Park.

Monument to T.C. Bergen, founder of Bergen Park.

 
Flagstone monument for CCC Worker Statue, dedicated September 6, 2004 at top of Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Flagstone monument for CCC Worker Statue, dedicated September 6, 2004 at top of Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Monument to botanist C.C. Parry, early botanical collector in Colorado.

Monument to botanist C.C. Parry, early botanical collector in Colorado.

Monument to Cement Bill, builder of the Lariat Trail.

Monument to Cement Bill, builder of the Lariat Trail.

Joe Tempel of Dinosaur Ridge and Matt Mossbrucker of Morrison Natural History Museum, at the dedication of the Morrison Fossil Area, May 2004.

Morrison Fossil Area, May 2004.

Evergreen Dam, completed by Denver in 1928 to create Evergreen Lake as part of the Denver Mountain Park system.

Evergreen Dam, completed by Denver in 1928.

Stone base monument for Genesee Mountain flagpole. SL White, 2008.

Stone base monument for Genesee Mountain flagpole. SL White, 2008.

Monument erected in 1938 in recognition of the Golden Gate Toll Road.

Monument erected in 1938 in recognition of the Golden Gate Toll Road.

Plaque at Inspiration Point Gold Strike Monument near 52nd and Sheridan, Denver.

Plaque at Inspiration Point Gold Strike Monument near 52nd and Sheridan, Denver.

Monument to George Morrison, 1822-1895, founder of the Town of Morrison.

Monument to George Morrison, 1822-1895, founder of the Town of Morrison.

Marine Corps Memorial, near intersection of West Colfax Avenue and West 6th Avenue.

Marine Corps Memorial, near intersection of West Colfax Avenue and West 6th Avenue.

Monument to Denver Mountain Park Commissioners at Newton Park near Conifer.

Monument to Denver Mountain Park Commissioners at Newton Park near Conifer.

Fireplace monument showing location of plaque honoring Martin J. O'Fallon.

Fireplace monument showing location of plaque honoring Martin J. O’Fallon.

Westall Monument, in its original location. The monument was relocated to higher ground in December 2013.

Westall Monument, in its original location. The monument was relocated to higher ground in December 2013.

Monument commemorating the White Ash Mine Disaster, near Golden.

Monument commemorating the White Ash Mine Disaster, near Golden.

Works Progress Administration, currently awaiting relocation.

Works Progress Administration, currently awaiting relocation.


Morrison
Morrison Monument
Morrison Road east of Morrison

WPA
WPA Monument
Alameda Parkway and Hwy 93

westall
Westall Monument
South Jeffco at Platte River

gold
First Gold Strike
Inspiration Point Park


2 Responses to Monuments

  1. Julie Schadek says:

    It appears that you picture links are not working correctly or this is no picture available. Can you confirm or correct the linking?

    • Julie– this is an issue from transferring the site to WordPress. I just need to get back to it; will try to do that soon. If there’s a particular monument you’re interested in, let me know.

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