Early County History

Early Jefferson County History

Jefferson County has a history rich in people, events and progress. Take some of the early residents, for example. Many helped put the "wild" in the wild, wild west. Details about Buffalo Bill, members of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang and Alferd Packer, Colorado's alleged cannibal, can be found in this section. Additionally, the feverish new commerce that prompted the formation of the county, as well as details on the early government, are described on our Lawless to Governed page.

There are many, many more facts, figures and personalities in the history of Jefferson County. If you want to explore the earlier days and learn more, you are encouraged to visit your local Jefferson County Library branch.