Black and white image of a few buildings in a valley with mountains behind

History of JeffCo

Jefferson County has a history rich in people, events and progress. In the beginning, Pike's Peak country, remote from the surrounding governments of Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, New Mexico, and Washington Territories, needed a local government. 

So, over the spring and summer of 1859 a small convention formed the self-proclaimed Territory of Jefferson, carved out of the surrounding recognized territories. And then there were some of the early residents - many helped put the "wild" in the wild, wild west.

Historical Scrapbook

Get a sense of what life was like in Jefferson County by viewing the online photo scrapbooks in this section (see navigation to the left).