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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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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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This index covers the cases that took place in the Boulder, Colorado County Court. The years covered by the index are uncertain as no dates are given in the book, although based upon the case numbers, the years are most likely to be in the 1870s and 1880s. Both civil and criminal cases are listed.

The first section of this book is a re-creation of the Plaintiffs’ section in the order that entries appear in the original ledger. The second section is the Defendants’ section following the same convention. The final section is an alphabetical list of every name that appears in the index, including those additional plaintiffs and defendants who are named, but whose names appear on the alphabetical page according to the first plaintiff’s or the first defendant’s last name, not their own.

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In 1875, the tax records record either the residence (address) of the property in town lots and blocks or the legal description (section, township and range) and number of acres the property holds. It gives a valuation of the property and of the improvements. It makes an assessment of the capital investment in merchandise and manufacturing, how much is held in money and credits, shares and stocks. It notes household property, jewelry, gold and silver, the number and value of: clocks and watches, musical instruments, carriages and vehicles, horses, mules, cattle, sheep and other animals. It sums up by giving a valuation of all other property, and a total valuation. It lists how many polls (men able to vote), and remarks. Looking at the tax assessment role will give you a pretty good indication of how these people lived and worked.
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The Masons have a history in Colorado longer than the state or territory itself. The first Masonic lodges formed in the area were done so under dispensation from the Grand Lodges of Kansas and Nebraska until Colorado became a Territory in 1861 and formed its own Grand Lodge. Between the time Colorado became a territory in 1861 and a state in 1876, thirty-one Masonic lodges were formed with the help of more than 4,000 local men whose names are included in this index. The Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Colorado often included news from Masons in other states, as well as the names of officers of the other Grand Lodges around the county. Their names are also included.

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If you had an ancestor in the Boulder area before 1871, chances are good that he (and sometimes she) is mentioned in the County Commissioner’s journal. Boulder County was one of the original 17 counties established when Colorado became a territory on 14 February 1861. The Boulder County Commissioner’s Journal, 1861-1871, chronicles the building of the county and the people who helped build it. During that time, citizens in Boulder built new roads, a jail and a courthouse, paid for the care and keep of paupers, and maintained law and order. All the while, the County Commissioners hired and paid for work on behalf of the county, chose grand and petit jurors, appointed road viewers and overseers, and took applications for business licenses.  Includes an index to the original journal as well as an index to this modern version.

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