First Gold Found Plaque - Denver, CO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 39° 47.234 W 105° 03.548
13S E 494937 N 4404143
Quick Description: Plaque commerating First Gold found in Colorado north of location
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 12/12/2006 7:02:08 AM
Waymark Code: WM11AD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member
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Long Description:
Colorado's early settlement was driven by mining, not farming. This event is now a two-part commeration. The original plaque is found at Inspiration Park (parking at N39° 47.193, W105° 03.431). The text of the plaque is:

One Mile North of this Point
on June 22, 1850 by a party of
California-bound Cherokees.
The discovery was made by Louis
Ralston whose name was given the
creek (a branch of Clear Creek).
Reports of the find brought the
prospecting parties of 1858 whose
discoveries caused the Pikes Peak
Gold Rush of 1859 which resulted
in the permanent settlement of

Now, if you take a short trip to Gold Strike Park (N39° 47.822, W105° 03.432), you will find newly added information about the Ralston Party and Gold Find. Walk to N39° 47.844, W105° 03.323 and you will be in the vicinity of the original gold find.
Group or Groups Responsible for Placement:
First Gold Plaque - Colorado State Historical Society, Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation and the City and County of Denver. Gold Strike Park - City of Arvada, Jefferson County Open Space and Great Outdoors Colorado

County or City: Denver

Date Dedicated: First Gold Plaque 1941

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