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Jefferson County is the fourth most populous county of the State of Colorado. The count seat is Golden and the most populous city is Lakewood. Jefferson County was formally organized in 1861 by the Colorado Territorial Legislature and named after U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Read the history of Jefferson County.

Cities: Arvada (mostly) - Edgewater - Golden - Lakewood - Littleton (partially) - Westminster (partially) - Wheatridge

Towns: Bailey - Bow Mar - Buffalo Creek - Conifer - Idledale - Lakeside - Morrison - Mount Vernon - Mountain View - Pine - South Platte - Ralston - Resort - Semper - South Platte - Superior (partially)

Census-designated places: Applewood - Aspen Park - Columbine - Conifer - East Pleasant View - Evergreen - Genesee - Indian Hills - Ken Caryl - Kittredge - West Pleasant View

Elijah L. West brought to the section, and put into active operation, the first combined mowing and reaping machine ever used in Jefferson county. Mr. West is justly recognized as one of the very first settlers in the Wheatridge section, the entire region being an undeveloped wilderness at the time of his location here. Not only has he been a witness to the growth and developments of the community, but has also had active part in bringing about the transition. He was also one of the most active workers in organizing the Wheatridge Grange, of which he became a charter member and was elected the first master, a position he has filled, at various times, to the extent of more than ten years. This was the first Grange to be established in Colorado, receiving Charter No. 1.
History of Colorado, Vol 4, by Wilbur Fiske Stone, 1919 - transcribed by J.S.

In 1873 George W. Harriman was the builder of a large reservoir, the first in Colorado, and he became the father of the great system of storage reservoirs now so prominent a feature in the development of the state and the promotion of its agricultural interests.
History of Colorado, Vol 4, by Wilbur Fiske Stone, 1919 - transcribed by J.S.

In the fall of 1861, Joseph C. Remington was elected first Sheriff of Jefferson Co, under the United States Government.
History of Clear Creek and Boulder Valleys, Colorado, by A. Bixby; Chicago; O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, 1880 - transcribed by J.S. pages 547-599

This is a farming region, about 6 miles north of Golden City. A neat little frame church was built here under the pastorate of Rev. Jesse Smith, costing about $1800. This is the first strictly rural church ever built in Colorado. The pastors of this circuit have been W.M. Smith, D.W. Scott, Jesse Smith and G.W. Swift, the present pastor.
The Rocky Mountain Directory and Colorado Gazetteer for 1871, transcribed by J.S.

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Cities & Towns: Edgewater
News: Community: Wheatridge gets Edgewater Route
News: Court: Simpson Again Convicted, Ray Thompson Acquitted of Non-Support Charge,
News: Marriage: KEEL-SWANSON
News: Military: 29 Draft Men Leave Monday, 17 Youths, Just 21, Register For Army
Obits: Swan W. Rapp,

Churches: H.S. Beavis accepted charge of Presbyterian church; A.H. Moore received 5 new members; A.C. McClelland will be be Waverly Hall
Wills/Probate: Notice of intention to make proof - Mary Wolfe Dargin, William A. Maxwell

Bios: William M. Sarell, William M.B. Sarell, Adam C. Shock, Abijah G. Smith, Elmus  Smith, Ensign B. Smith, Leander J. Smith, Levi M. Smith, William G. Smith, William L. Smith, Andrew H. Spickerman, Frederick J. Stanley, Fred. L. Stebbins, H. Herbert Stebbins, Isaac B. Stebbins, William A.L. Tarr, James M. Thomas, A.L. Trambull, Benjamin R. Wadsworth, J.E. Wannemaker, James R. Ward, C.C. Welch, Capt. George West, Reuben C. Wells, Joseph B. Wight, Henry F. Wulff
Cities & Towns: updates - Arvada, Golden, Morrison, Mount Vernon, Mountain View, Ralston, Resort, Semper, South Platte

Census: 1870 Mortality; 1880 Mortality
Bios: James T. King, George E. Kerr, William A.H. Loveland, Prof. Arthur Lakes, Paul Lanius, Henry Lee, John Loughery,  David Lees, Allen Lewis, Joseph Mann,  John S. Moody, George Morrsion, William Edwin Mathews, D.D. McIlvoy, Milton Moss, Robert Millikin, James Metcalf, John Nicholls, Adam A. Ochus, Joel K. Palmer, Joseph G. Pease,  Joseph C. Remington

Bios: Hon. James Burrell, Hon. Chester Calvin Carpenter, Jones Heivner, Abraham L. Hess, Arthur L. Hyatt,
History: History of Jefferson County, Colorado (up to the year 1880)
Marriages: Divorce 1900-1939

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