This monument commemorates the homestead of T.C. Bergen and the founding of the village of Bergen Park, once known as Creswell. The marker is built of white quartz, and was installed in Bergen Park in 1934. If you develop an interest in this early pioneer, you might want to visit his gravesite, down the road at the Morrison Cemetery. The name of Thomas Cunningham Bergen has also been applied to nearby Bergen Peak, a protected Denver Mountain Park property, as is this monument site.
The plaque on the monument reads:
THIS TABLET IS THE
PROPERTY OF THE STATE OF COLORADO
THOMAS C. BERGEN TOOK UP THE FIRST
SQUATTER’S CLAIM HERE JUNE 1859.
ON THIS SPOT HE COMPLETED HIS
FIRST LOG CABIN JULY 4, 1859.
"BERGEN’S RANCH" BECAME A FAMOUS
WAY STATION ON THE STAGECOACH
AND WAGON ROAD TO THE MINES.
THIS GROUND ACQUIRED FOR DENVER
MOUNTAIN PARKS SYSTEM OCTOBER 13, 1915.
THE STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF COLORADO
THE MRS. J.N. HALL FOUNDATION
THE CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER
JULY 4, 1934