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  • Chronological History of Jeffco – the 1910s


    December 14, 1910

    Leyden Coal Mine fire disaster, ten miners killed, several injured. Shaft #2 destroyed but mine is able to rebuild. 


    Town of Westminster incorporated.


    Denver Mountain Parks system formed after Denver voters pass a one-half mill levy property tax. Genesee Park, the largest mountain park is acquired. 

    July 6, 1912

    Lookout Mountain Scenic Railroad from Golden completed. The railroad was abandoned upon completion of the Lariat Trail. 

    April 15, 1913

    Colorado Legislature passes an act authorizing the city of Denver to establish the Denver Mountain Parks in the mountain areas of Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Grand Counties. 

    December 4-5, 1913

    Blizzard of 1913 dumps 4-5 feet of snow in Golden, Arvada, and Morrison, and Evergreen, the largest 24-hr. and overall storm amounts on record for Jefferson County. The death of pioneer resident John Bergen in Evergreen and the probable death of Golden dairyman John Klaassens are attributed to the storm. 


    The Lariat Trail, also known as the Lariat Loop Road, to Lookout Mountain Park at the top of Lookout Mountain completed by William “Cement Bill” Williams. 


    Tiny Town, a miniature town for children, built by George E. Turner on Turkey Creek. 

    June 3, 1917

    Buffalo Bill buried on top of Lookout Mountain near the current site of the Pahaska Tepee, built in 1921 as his museum. 


    Charles Boettcher's summer home on Lookout Mountain completed. The home was given to Jefferson County by Boettcher's granddaughter, Charline Breeden, in 1972; it is now open to the public for tours and special events. 


    Work completed on the Grand Chief Hosa Lodge in Genesee Park.  Designed by Jules Jacques Benois Benedict.


    Spanish influenza epidemic hits Jefferson County, hospitalizing hundreds and claiming lives including Golden City Councilor Oscar Nolin and pharmacist Henry Foss.