Denver, Colorado Territory Wagon Sales & Repair Journal, 1867-1870: An Annotated Index


It appears that this merchant sold and repaired mostly Schuttler and Bain wagons that were brought in as far as they could by rail, most probably to the Cheyenne station, then driven to Denver by drayage companies. Among the items often repaired were yokes, rakes, tongues, boxes, bows, seatbacks and covers for the wagons.

The book includes accounts of a more personal nature as well, such as clothing he had on hand, including a fine black suit, a heavy beaver overcoat and a pair of Buffalo overshoes. Among the personal items he had on hand on 1 Jan 1868, were a watch and chain, gold and silver specimens, field glasses, Indian trinkets, a photograph album, four mountain scenes, an 8 inch Colt revolver and a pocket Derringer. On 31 December 1867, he subscribed to the Rocky Mountain News for $7.00, and lists his books, including a 2 Volume set of the Library of Mesmerism, Mines of Colorado, a Hand Book for Home Improvement, Esop’s [sic] Fables, Mayhew’s Book Keeping, a township map of Pennsylvania, and the History and Directory of Denver.

At some point, the book was given to most probably a daughter to use as a scrapbook of sorts, where she filled the first 30 or so pages with articles about homemaking, including a recipe for waterproof glue (adapted for Colorado), and advice such as that for “making sleeves of a different material for the dress as the effect is particularly good on women who are inclined to stoutness.”

Denver, Colorado Territory Wagon Sales & Repair Journal, 1867-1870: An Annotated Index


Colorado Territorial Penitentiary, Board of Managers Reports, 1871-1877: An Annotated Index of Marshals, Wardens, Guards, Board Members, Prisoners, and Local Businesses


The Colorado Territorial Penitentiary, Board of Managers Reports, 1871-1877: An Annotated Index of Marshals, Wardens, Guards, Board Members, Prisoners, and Local Businesses contains the names of the penitentiary’s first one hundred prisoners (including escapees), a physical description of the person, why they were in the penitentiary, which county sentenced them and where they were born.

In addition, the Board of Managers Reports included the services provided to the prison by local businesses, the names of each member of the Board, along with the names of US Marshals, wardens, guards, nurses and other personnel.

An inventory dated 1 Dec 1874 shows a prison (40’x70’), a guard’s sleeping apartment, a guard’s dining room and prison kitchen, the warden’s residence (brick, 6 rooms and hall, one outhouse and store house), a shoemaker’s shop (adobe with cellar), a carpenter’s show (wood 15’x20’), a blacksmith’s shop (wood 14’x17’), a stone cutter’s shop (wood, 15’x32’), two outhouses for general use, a bake oven (10’x12’), 360’ of stone embankment in front of the prison, 330’ of picket fence with 2 single gates and 1 double gate, 700’ of board fence around the garden, all on 40 acres of land.

Colorado Territorial Penitentiary, Board of Managers Reports, 1871-1877


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:

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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