Historical Publications

Informational Brochures

The Jefferson County Historical Commission (PDF)
Everything you wanted to know about the Historic Commission: the who, what, why, and when.

The Jefferson County Historical Commission Bylaws  (PDF)

Historic Tourism in Jefferson County (PDF)
Tourism has played an important role in the development of the Colorado mountains since the first days of settlement and exploration.

Historic Mountain Ranching in Jefferson County (PDF)
The low cost of land attracted homesteaders to the steep, rocky land slopes of Jefferson County’s western

Historic Mining and Quarrying in Jefferson County (PDF)
Early prospectors scoured Jefferson County for precious metals, but found little other than some placer
gold in Clear Creek. Jefferson County’s other mineral resources, such as coal, claystone, quarry rock, sand, and gravel, proved to be more important and supported a variety of industries.

Historic Farming and Ranching on the Plains of Jefferson County (PDF)
The rolling plains and creek valleys of east Jefferson County have supported farming and ranching predominately from the 1860s through the 1950s.

Historic Transportation in Jefferson County (PDF)
Long and narrow, Jefferson County stretches north-south 70 miles along the Front Range, therefore most travel routes from Denver to the mountains pass through the county.

Museums & Historic Sites in Jefferson County  (PDF)
This guide contains a list of significant historic sites and museums within Jefferson County and a map showing the approximate locations of those sites.

Foxton-Pine Grove Project

The Foxton-Pine Grove Project was initiated by the residents of Valley of the North Fork of the South Platte, the Jefferson County Historical Commission (JCHC) and Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) to identify opportunities to preserve the area's cultural, historic and natural resources and open space. In 2004, the JCHC and CPI received assistance for developing an Action Plan from the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program. After many meetings, in March 2007, the Plan was complete. While this plan has not been adopted by the Jefferson County Planning Commission or the Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee, it is a good indication of the desires of the community.

Foxton-Pine Grove Project Document  (PDF)

1999 - 2002 Cultural Resource Survey of Unincorporated Jefferson County

Initiated by the JCHC in November of 1999, this project was undertaken to create an inventory of historic (pre-1951) properties, evaluating each in the field to determine its architectural integrity and its potential historic or architectural significance.

The multi-phase project was motivated by concern for preserving historic properties in the county’s unincorporated areas. The 1999 – 2002 Cultural Resource Survey is intended to lay a foundation for a pro-active program to preserve the last physical links to the county’s past.

Reconnaissance Survey Report  (PDF)
Historic Contexts Report  (PDF)
North Fork of the South Platte National Register Historic District Survey Report  (PDF)

Historically Jeffco Magazine

2018 HJ magazine cover Opens in new windowA magazine about Jefferson County history published annually by the Jefferson County Historical Commission. Historically Jeffco is available free of charge to members of Jefferson County historical societies, schools and libraries. Printed copies of the magazine may be purchased for $5 donation at the Planning and Zoning front counter or by mail. Send a check or money order made out to "Jefferson County Historical Commission" to: Jefferson County Historical Commission, ℅ Planning and Zoning, Attention Dennis Dempsey, 100 Jefferson County Pkwy., Suite 3550, Golden CO 80419.

Historically Jeffco Index
Volunteers of the Foothills Genealogical Society of Colorado, Inc. have indexed all 39 issues of the Historically Jeffco Magazine starting in 1988. 

1998 - 2001 Historically Jeffco Index
2002 - 2017 Historically Jeffco Index
2018 Historically Jeffco Index

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