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  • Chronological History of Jeffco – the 1940s



    U.S. Highway 6 through Clear Creek Canyon is constructed.


    Golden Post Office is built.

    Berthoud Hall on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines opens.  Designed by Temple Hoyne Buell, it is one of two New Deal buildings on campus.  Named after the school's first geology professor and inaugural board member, Edward L. Berthoud.

    October 17, 1940

    Undersheriff Clarence Bunch Fugate is the first Jefferson County Sheriff's officer to die in the line of duty.


    The Federal Government contracts with Remington Arms Company to operate the Denver Ordnance Plant, the largest contract awarded by the federal government in Colorado up to that time.  Construction begins in May, with operations beginning in October.  Now the site of the Denver Federal Center.

    Coors introduces Coors Light beer.

    June 15, 1941

    Red Rocks Amphitheater is formally dedicated.

    September 7, 1942

    Denver to Golden interurban car hits horse at a crossing, killing its 15-yr. old rider, Janet Lamoure of Arvada.

    April 10, 1943

    Two boys from Lakewood, Donald Matta, age 8, and Milo Flint, age 11, were robbed and then pushed off the top of Castle Rock in Golden by William Wymer.  Wymer, age 16, was found guilty of the slaying of the two young boys and punished to life in prison.


    Ruth W. Quinn of Edgewater becomes the first woman to serve on a Jefferson County jury. 

    August 24, 1946

    Flood from rainstorm near Idledale floods Bear Creek, killing woman at Morrison. 


    Denver Federal Center established on the site of the Denver Ordnance Plant. 


    Jolly Rancher candy invented by Bill and Dorothy Harmsen at their shop on Washington Avenue in downtown Golden.

    Golden's iconic Welcome Arch is built.