Colorado History

Colorado’s rich history includes Native Americans, the turn-of-the-Century Gold Rush years, pioneers, fur trappers, silver barons, cowboys and gunfighters. Whether you’re a history buff or simply interested in gaining a feel for Colorado’s past, numerous intriguing sites await you.

Cliff Dwellings and Mesa-top Villages Built Between 450 – 1300 A.D.
Mesa Verde National Park
First False Gold Strike
Cherry Creek and South Platte River, 1858

First True gold strike
Clear Creek, 1858

Never Climbed Pikes Peak
Lt. Zebulon Pike

Easiest Way up Pikes Peak
Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Denver Woman Who Survived the Sinking of the Titanic April 14, 1912
“Unsinkable” Molly Brown

Most Fashionable Men’s Hats from New York to Paris from 1820 -1840
Beaver hats

Next Fashion Fad After Beaver Hats
Buffalo robes

Butch Cassidy’s Colorado Hideout
Brown’s Park in northwestern Colorado

Oldest Town in Colorado
San Luis, est. 1851

First Church in Colorado
Our Lady of Guadalupe in Conejos,

The Wickedest City in the West
Julesburg, Colorado (according to Mark Twain’s Roughing It)

Rocky Mountains Formed
1.7 billion years ago