Historical Markers in
Denver County, Colorado

15th / Wazee Street 17th’S 25th Anniversary 18th St. Atrium / Littleton Creamery Beatrice Cold Storage Warehouse Alfred Dach All Washed Up Arapahoe Street Armenian Genocide Barney Ford Building Barteldes, Hartig Building Blake Street Area Boeing RB-52B Stratofortress Bonfils Boom and Bust C. S. Morey Mercantile Building Cherry Creek Emigrant's Song Civil War Artillery Clark and Gruber Mint Coal Miner's Daughter Colorado State Capitol Time Capsule Colorado State Veterans Memorial Colorado Volunteers Constitution Hall D&F Tower and Skyline Park Denver City Denver City Railway Building Denver Says "No" to Hate Denver's Old City Hall Don't Panic Dow Jones Average E is for Equitable Edward W. Wynkoop Four Corners General Electric Building Gridlock Help! Henry Lee Building Hop Alley / Chinese Riot of 1880 Human Rights Hero In Honor of Christopher Columbus In Memory of Sadie M. Likens Irving Hale Joe P. Martinez Larimer Street Let the Buyer Beware Local Transit Through the Ages Logan’s Memorial Day Order Lynching in America / The Lynching of Preston Porter, Jr. Manny's Bridge March On Menu for the Brown Palace Merchandise Mart Mint Robbery February 1864 Misery National Woman Suffrage Movement Origins Out with the Old... Oxford Hotel and Annex Passing of the Street Car Private Profits and the Public Good Rails and Mountains Red Light District Market Street Rocky Mountain Fashion Sand Creek Massacre Shock Treatment Silas S. Soule Smoky Hill Trail Solid Investment Spratlen-Anderson Building St. Elmo Hotel Sugar Building Take Your Pick The Auraria Townsite and Ninth Street Historic Park The Barnes Dance The Birth of Denver Mass Transit The Black Baron The Buckhorn Exchange The City Beautiful The Edbrooke Lofts The House of Mirrors The Molly Brown House The People of the Station The Rocky Mountain News The Stock Market Crash of 1929 The Women's Suffrage Association of Colorado Those Illustrious Browns Top of the World Union Station Union Station Area Union Station Timeline USS Colorado BB-45 Votes for Women Wall Street of the Rockies Warehouses Welcome to Union Station Welton Street Western Philosophy When the Depot Became a Station Windsor Farm Dairy Building / The Crocker Cracker Factory WWII 10th Mountain Division Wynkoop Street RR Bridge Yo Soy Joaquin "The Bank that Looks Like a Bank" “I’m Either a Lawyer or I’m Not. Don’t Drag Being a Woman Into It.”
Colorado was the first state in the country to allow women to vote through a popular referendum in 1893, over 25 years before the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Denver County, Colorado, has a rich and diverse history that spans centuries. The area was initially inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Arapaho and Cheyenne. In the mid-19th century, as European settlers began to migrate westward, Denver emerged as a bustling mining town during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. The city was founded in 1858 and named after Kansas Territorial Governor James W. Denver.

During its early years, Denver quickly grew in population and economic importance, becoming the economic and transportation hub of the region. In 1876, Denver became the capital city of the newly established state of Colorado. This period marked the start of a prosperous era, driven by mining, agriculture, and the expansion of the railroad network. Denver became known as the "Queen City of the Plains" and attracted people from all walks of life.

In the early 20th century, Denver experienced significant urban development and cultural growth. The city's vibrant arts and music scene flourished, with renowned theaters, opera houses, and jazz clubs becoming popular destinations. In 1912, Denver hosted the Democratic National Convention, showcasing its rise in national prominence.

In more recent decades, Denver has undergone a transformation into a modern, cosmopolitan city. The city's economy diversified, with industries such as technology, aerospace, and telecommunications playing a key role. Denver also experienced a population boom, with suburbs expanding and attracting new residents. Today, Denver County is a thriving center of culture, commerce, and outdoor recreation, known for its stunning Rocky Mountain backdrop, friendly residents, and diverse communities.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Denver County, Colorado.

  • 1858 - Gold is discovered in the South Platte River
  • 1859 - Denver City is founded and becomes the county seat
  • 1861 - Denver County is established as one of the original 17 counties in Colorado Territory
  • 1867 - The Colorado Central Railroad reaches Denver
  • 1876 - Denver County becomes part of the newly established state of Colorado
  • 1890 - The population of Denver County reaches 106,713
  • 1920 - Denver County becomes the most populous county in Colorado
  • 2001 - The City and County of Denver consolidates into a single jurisdiction