Check out this new book about Gold Hill by my friend Chellee Courtney.


Digging Up Dirt: The Gold Hill Cemetery, Gold Hill, Colorado


I have learned that the Carnegie Branch Library for Local History is facing draconian cuts in staff and hours. David Farnan, the Boulder library director, is proposing that they cut the archivist’s position entirely, and that they scale back the hours at the library to a few hours one day a week, with a few more hours available only by appointment.

I believe that David Farnan deliberately kept this information from interested parties by telling staff that they were not allowed to discuss this situation with anyone until they had issued the press release, August 30th. The Library Commission meets on Wednesday, September 5th, at 6 PM in the Canyon Meeting Room at the main library. My understanding is that there is an opportunity for public comment at the beginning of the meeting, but that they aren’t expecting anyone to show … by design. I believe that they are planning to meet and make this decision final without anyone who is interested in local history knowing. It would be great if we could have many people show up to the meeting on Wednesday evening.

I know that you’re interested in local history, and I’m hoping you will help. Please make a phone call, write an email or a letter to the editor. Every voice counts if we’re to save public access to the Carnegie Library.

Below is the contact information for the library director, the Library Commission members, the Boulder City Council (who will hold a budget meeting on September 11th), the County Commissioners (because this decision affects people in the County as well as the City), and the email for the letters to the Editor at the Boulder Daily Camera.

The Carnegie Branch Library holds most of the archival material necessary for local history research … we can’t just let this library director shutter the library.
Boulder Library Director
David Farnan, 303-441-3104,
Library Commission Members
Jane Sykes Wilson,
Joni Teter, 303-499-8970,
Joel Koenig, 720-979-1104,
Tim O’Shea,
Juana Gomez, 303-499-9505,

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Boulder City Council
General Contact: 303-441-3002

Mayor Suzanne Jones, 720-633-7388,
Mayor Pro Tem Aaron Brockett, 720-984-1863,
Bob Yates, 720-310-5829,
Cindy Carlisle, 303-434-1456,
Jill Adler Grano, 303-917-6810,
Lisa Morzel, 303-815-6723,
Mary D Young, 303-501-2439,
Mirabai Kuk Nagle, 303-818-4128,
Sam Weaver, 303-416-61340,

Boulder County Commissioners

Cindy Dominico
Deb Gardner
Elise Jones

Boulder Daily Camera Letters to the Editor email:

Boulder County, Colorado District Court, Grand Jury Records, 1867-1922: An Annotated Index


The Boulder County, Colorado District Court, Grand Jury Records, 1867-1922  is an annotated index of the records of District Court requesting men for service as grand jurors. Grand Jurors were summoned to examine cases in order to issue indictments but they were also used to examine public financial records and the safety of public buildings. Several special cases are found in this record set, including those investigating “considerable lawlessness especially in the illicit traffic of liquor and gambling,” and the Grand Jury statements of May Bradford Oles who was the adopted daughter of Andrew J Macky (a prominent Boulder citizen) and her attempt to claim a part of his large estate.

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New Index Available

June 2, 2017

Boulder County, Colorado District Court, Petit Jury Records, 1867-1936: An Annotated Index


The Boulder County, Colorado District Court, Petit Jury Records, 1867-1936 is an annotated index of the District Court’s call for men to serve as petit jurors mostly for trials, but occasionally for coroner’s inquests. There are more than 20,000 entries during this time period. Often the record gives the place where the juror lives and the miles from his home to the courthouse. Many records indicate that a potential juror was “not a resident,” which could mean that the person lived outside of the county (even just across the county line), or that the person was away from home, had moved to a new location within the county or had moved from the area. Some records give specific details as to why the juror cannot be located or cannot serve.

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New Index Available

March 12, 2017

Boulder County, Colorado Surveys and Mineral Claims at the General Land Office, 1859-1876: An Annotated Index

The Boulder County, Colorado Surveys and Mineral Claims at the General Land Office, 1859-1876: An Annotated Index contains the names of the mine owners (claimant), surveyors and survey crew members, along with the mines and their range and township information. One additional piece of information was added when found—cabins, houses, barns, buildings, bridges, boarding houses, mills, toll roads, wagon roads, creeks and rivers. Using those listings is one way to see what was built where during these early mining days.

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New index available!

November 11, 2016

Boulder County, Colorado District Court Judge’s Docket, Vol 1, 1867-1871: An Annotated Index

Boulder did not have a courthouse until 1867 and many of the cases that occurred before that time were sent to Golden in Jefferson County or Denver in Arapahoe County. After the courthouse was built, many of those cases were returned to Boulder. The docket lists the plaintiffs and defendants, often lists which attorneys represented which side in the case, gives the docket number in the Grand Docket, and has the judge’s notes for how the case is proceeding or the verdict, where appropriate.


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The Inventors in the Colorado Territory and their U.S. Patents, 1861-1876: An Annotated Index contains the names of inventors from the Colorado Territory who were issued patents between 1861 and 1876. A copy of their patent filing is included, along with an index of the names of the patent holders, the witnesses to the patent filing, and the lawyers who filed the application.

Understandably, many of the inventions pertained to advances in mining techniques, but not all. There were changes to medical equipment, a machine to make cutting gloves easier, military gear, agricultural machinery—even a new horse shoe.

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