by Faye Griffin, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners
comments open from June 15 until July 5
Happy sesquicentennial! This year marks the county’s 150th birthday, and what a great year to be in Jefferson County.
We kicked off the year with a birthday party in the atrium that included a Thomas Jefferson look alike and your commissioners and county staff in historical costumes. As the year continues, there is so much more to do and see, like parades this summer and our Historical Commission is hosting a Grand Sesquicentennial Celebration Gala and Hall of Fame Dinner at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in November.
Jefferson County was one of the 17 original counties formed in 1861, fifteen years before Colorado even became a state. So much has changed in the last 150 years. When Jeffco was first formed, it was home to homesteaders and those seeking fortunes in gold. In fact sometime in the 1850s, the first Colorado gold found was in Ralston Creek near the present day location of 56th Avenue and Benton in Arvada. Then in 1858, William Green Russell discovered gold near the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, which started the Colorado "Pikes Peak" gold rush.
Now Jeffco is home to more than 535,000 residents and many successful local businesses and Fortune 500 companies. We also have the most beautiful parks thanks to our award winning Open Space program. It truly is a wonderful place to live, work and just simply enjoy life.
I am so proud to call myself a Jefferson County Commissioner. Being born and raised in the city of Golden, I’m also proud to call myself a Jefferson County native. So please join me this year in celebrating 150 wonderful Jeffco years and don’t forget to check out www.jeffco.us/150.htm for fun facts and sesquicentennial events going on throughout the county this year.