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 mountains.

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.

Resources for Historical Research (Word document)
This is a list of resources for research that has been prepared by Commission members for use by the general public.

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

Cover of Historically Jeffco Magazine showing a black and white photo of three men fishingA magazine about Jefferson County history published annually by the Jefferson County Historical Commission. Historically Jeffco is available free of charge at the Planning & Zoning office, while supplies last. 

Historically Jeffco Index
Volunteers of the Foothills Genealogical Society of Colorado, Inc.external_site_markerhave indexed all 40 issues of the Historically Jeffco Magazine starting in 1988. 

1998 - 2001 Historically Jeffco Indexexternal_site_marker
2002 - 2017 Historically Jeffco Indexexternal_site_marker
2018 - 2019 Historically Jeffco Index

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