First Gold Strike

This monument seems to give the Cherokees–and Louis Ralston– credit for the discovery of gold along Ralston Creek in 1850. When the Monuments section was established in February 2007, this was designated a "Mystery Monument" just for fun.

As of October 2007, two email messages have identified this monument, which was placed at Inspiration Point Park near 52nd and Sheridan at the edge of Denver and Jefferson Co. Inspiration Point was a "preview" point– a place to get an overview for the trip to Denver’s Mountain Parks to the west. This location still displays a magnificent view of the foothills. Find a tour guide to one of the "circle drives" promoted in 1916 at the Mountain Parks History website.

First Gold Strike Monument at Inspiration Point Park


The plaque on the stone reads:

THIS TABLET IS THE
PROPERTY OF THE STATE OF COLORADO


ONE MILE NORTH OF THIS POINT

GOLD WAS DISCOVERED
ON JUNE 22, 1850, BY A PARTY OF
CALIFORNIA-BOUND CHEROKEES.
THE DISCOVERY WAS MADE BY LOUIS
RALSTON, WHOSE NAME WAS GIVEN THE
CREEK (A BRANCH OF CLEAR CREEK).
REPORTS OF THE FIND BROUGHT THE
PROSPECTING PARTIES OF 1858, WHOSE
DISCOVERIES CAUSED THE PIKE’S PEAK
GOLD RUSH OF 1859, WHICH RESULTED
IN THE PERMANENT SETTLEMENT OF
COLORADO.


ERECTED BY
THE STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF COLORADO
FROM THE MRS. J. N. HALL FOUNDATION
AND BY
THE CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER
1941

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