Colorado History

Colorado’s rich history includes Native Americans, the turn-of-the-Century Gold Rush years, pioneers, fur trappers, silver barons, cowboys and gunfighters. Whether you’re a history buff or simply interested in gaining a feel for Colorado’s past, numerous intriguing sites await you.

Cliff Dwellings and Mesa-top Villages Built Between 450 – 1300 A.D.

Mesa Verde National Park


First False Gold Strike

Cherry Creek and South Platte River, 1858


First True gold strike

Clear Creek, 1858


First Non-native to climb Pikes Peak

Maj. Stephen Long


Never Climbed Pikes Peak

Lt. Zebulon Pike


Easiest Way up Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak Cog Railway


Denver Woman Who Survived the Sinking of the Titanic April 14, 1912

“Unsinkable” Molly Brown


Most Fashionable Men’s Hats from New York to Paris from 1820 -1840

Beaver hats


Next Fashion Fad After Beaver Hats

Buffalo robes


Butch Cassidy’s Colorado Hideout

Brown’s Park in northwestern Colorado


Oldest Town in Colorado

San Luis, est. 1851


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