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Name Jefferson County Courthouse
Details The Jefferson County Courthouse building was built in 1879 at a cost of $33,000. The stone first floor/basement housed the jail, jailor's quarters, and sheriff's office. The brick second/main floor contained offices, while the third contained the courtroom and jury room.

Associated Records

Image of 2008.010.143 - Blueprint

2008.010.143 - Blueprint

Multi-page Plot Plan for the Jefferson County Jail, Sheriff's Offices, and Residence located at the South corner of 16th and Arapahoe Streets. The plan was done by architect Byron Hale Kaufman of Golden, commissioned by Sheriff Carl Enlow to prepare for the Board of County Commissioners. The Commissioners levied a one mill tax increase beginning in 1955 on property owners to pay for the new jail, Sheriff's residence and offices. The "Jail Fund" would grow to $300,000.00 in the coming month to allow construction to begin.

Image of 2015.014.293 - Map

2015.014.293 - Map

Map of Golden, Colorado titled "Bird's Eye View of Golden, Colo. Co. Seat of Jefferson County. 1882". The map shows various landmarks of Golden and the surrounding scenery and land formations. Three smaller insets in the map show Golden Smelting Works, Miners Smelting Works, and Golden City Brewery, A. Coors. Beck and Pauli are listed as the lithographers from Milwaukee Wisconsin. Located below the map is a legend listing the various landmarks of Golden with the corresponding numbers on the map. There is a stamp in the lower left corner: Library of Congress, Copyright Oct. 14 1882, No. 17102, City of Washington. Back has a stamp that says the copy came from Image Trader out of Arizona, bu

Image of 2015.015.001 - Map

2015.015.001 - Map

Map of Golden, Colorado titled "Bird's Eye View of Golden, Colo. Co. Seat of Jefferson County. 1882". The map shows various landmarks of Golden and the surrounding scenery and land formations. Three smaller insets in the map show Golden Smelting Works, Miners Smelting Works, and Golden City Brewery, A. Coors. Beck and Pauli are listed as the lithographers from Milwaukee Wisconsin. Located below the map is a legend listing the various landmarks of Golden with the corresponding numbers on the map. There is a stamp in the lower left corner: Library of Congress, Copyright Oct. 14 1883, No. 17102, City of Washington.

Image of 2017.010.009 - Clipping, Newspaper

2017.010.009 - Clipping, Newspaper

Folder #9 containing items from Georgina Brown, including -Newspaper clippings of Brown's role in "Covering the Courthouse" column of the Colorado Transcript from 1961-1971. The column has a header with a detective figure.

2017.010.006 - Fonds

Folder #6 containing items from Georgina Brown, including -Black and white photographs of Wannamaker House, Arapahoe City historical marker, and the demolition of 1877 Jefferson County Courthouse. See 2017.010.006.001 -Story of Sam Gates of Edgewater, a carnival daredevil -History of Mount Vernon Canyon -History of Prospect Applewood Metropolitan Recreation and Park District -Mention of Rockland Church, Mount Vernon -Press release for Judge Daniel Shannon, biography and history

Image of 2017.010.044 - Fonds

2017.010.044 - Fonds

Folder #44 containing items from Georgina Brown, including -Notes, photographs, newspaper clippings regarding the Sam Shanks murder investigation, 1963 -3 x 4" black and white photograph of Sheriff's Department Deputies retrieving suspect Sam Shanks from a patrol car. See 2017.010.044.001- .002 -Foss Drug photograph development envelopes -Eight 3 x 3" black and white photographs, and corresponding negatives, of Deputy Sheriffs John Phillips and Henry Puga transporting murder suspect Sam Shanks to court from the Jefferson County Jail, 1963. Also identified in photographs are Sargent Frank Pace and Deputy Robert Lyons -Four 2 x 2" black and white negatives of inside Jefferson County Ja

Image of 2008.010.036 - Record, Judicial

2008.010.036 - Record, Judicial

4" x 7" maroon colored register used by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department in Golden, Colorado as a "Civil Book". The book was used by Deputy Sheriffs serving civil process issued by the District Court in Golden. The book was used to register the service, the return of service, the service fees and the information regarding each civil judgement, from November 8, 1946 to June 3, 1947. Representative of the papers served in this book are Ed Frisby, the Sergeant in charge of the Sheriff's Department Civil Section and future Sheriff, Carl Enlow.

Image of 2008.010.168 - Chain, Restraining

2008.010.168 - Chain, Restraining

One set of body chains used for securing inmates at the Jefferson County Jail in Golden, Colorado. This body chain has one handcuff and a 2" metal ring on the other end. This body chain was used to secure Arthur Watson, the murderer of a Lakeside Colorado Peace Officer Raymond Isley in 1956, who was apprehended with his partner, Arthur Kostal, by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department following his escape from the Jefferson County Jail.

Image of 2011.003.010 - Postcard, Picture

2011.003.010 - Postcard, Picture

Black and white panoramic picture postcard of downtown Golden with Mount Zion located in the background. The Colorado School of Mines "M" is visible on the side of Mount Zion. Guggenheim Hall is located near the base of Mount Zion with the clay pits visible behind the building. The CSM Experimental Plant can be seen along the edge of Clear Creek on the right side of the postcard. The Jefferson County Courthouse is located in the foreground. Written on the bottom: Golden, Colo.; Bolitho.

Image of 2015.007.001 - Postcard

2015.007.001 - Postcard

One color postcard with an aerial view of downtown Golden, Colorado. Some landmarks of Golden are shown: St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bella Vista Hotel, Guggenheim Hall, Jefferson County Courthouse, Mount Zion, and Lookout Mountain. Written on the top of the postcard: 1800; Golden, Colorado; and On Colorado & Southern Ry. Postmark on the back is Golden, Colo. Sept 23, 1911 9am.

Image of The Golden Globe, Industrial Edition, May 20, 1893. Contains sixteen pages and four blue pages of front and back covers. Bound original newspaper that has been laminated. Second of four copies.  

The Golden Globe, "a weekly newspaper devoted to the interests of Golden, Jefferson County and Colorado." O. W. Garrison editor and publisher. Front cover contains images of a globe with a designation for the city of Golden, the newspaper's building, scenic view of Golden from North Table Mountain, and important buildings in the town. Inside contains information about notable businesses and persons in Golden. Also includes a list of businesses and weather from 1870 - 1893. 

Businesses and people mentioned. 
-The Globe Real Estate Agency; The Fair; Golden Water Works; The White Ash Coal Mining Company; Bella Vista; Edward F. Rundlett books, stationary, and furniture business; George H. Kimball; Jefferson County Courthouse; county officials; South Golden High School; Colorado State Industrial School; Rock Flour Mills; Nankivell & Jones; D. E. Harrison; J.H Brown; Dr. James Kelly; Columbian Green House; Hammond & Broad; The Crawford House; General George West; H.T. Quick; G.G. Townsend; L.J. Fox; John Treffeisen; E.T. Evans; Judge McD. Parshall; Caleb E. Parfet; Anselm Dold; A.S. Harris; The Golden Globe; I.T. Feltch; Episcopal Church; Vogel & Niedermeyer; Honorable W.G. Smith; S.E. Parshall; Charles Sauter; C. H. Case; Phil Klatt; A. Eslick; The Eagle Brewing Company; Henry Koch; George C. Cooper; Fritz Kohler; Mrs. R. McLaughlin; Honorable Joseph Mann; The Savery House; Mrs. M. Slingerland; Golden Paper Mills; Honorable John A. Hoagland; Mayor N. Koenig; Lake & Dennis' Livery; Elizabeth Murphy; M. Wyman; Honorable Charles W. Dake; Pine Grove resort; Honorable Ruben C. Wells; W.E. Matthews; James Nankivell; S.A. Cunningham; Hotel La Veta; Mrs. M.E. Harris; Allen Lewis; B.P. Quaintance; Elwood Easley; Charles H. Wade; Jefferson County Bank; The Burgess House; Mrs. T.W. Burgess; Golden Electric Light Plants; M.T. Morrill; Theo Merkle; J.R. Derr;  W.W. Gayton; Coors Brewery; Adolph Coors; Rees Easley; The Transcript; Sheriff S. S. Poe; Joseph Zilligen; City Meat Market; Wasson & Sorensen; Henry F. Wulff; L. H. McGill; Peter Christensen; M.M. Nay; Union Pacific Railroad; D.R. Burrows; Louis A. Reno; W.M. Graves; Albert H. Barth; Arvada Tannery; Dr. E.P. Greene; Justice R.C. Greene; J.A. Ferris; J.A. Newcomb; Senator Hiram R. Brown; State School of Mines; Percy Williams; Henry Wagner; Hibbard's New York Store; C.A. Hibbard; Golden Opera House; M.G. Rockwell; James A. Lewis; C.P Hoyt; Jonas E. Wannemaker; Sprucedale Resort; H.H. Stewart; Andrew Amos; Frand D. Hines; Honorable D.P. Wilmot; Julius C. Dedisse; The Golden Pressed and Fire Brick Company; Robert A. Strain; Frank D. Hatch; Eagle Brewing Company; Denver, Lakewood, and Golden Railway; J. H. Brown's Store; A.C. Shock; George W. Parfet; Dr. W.E. Stone; McCartney's Store; Wade, Golden's clothier; Nollison & Crisman

The Golden Globe, Industrial Edition, May 20, 1893. Contains sixteen pages and four blue pages of front and back covers. Bound original newspaper that has been laminated. Second of four copies. The Golden Globe, "a weekly newspaper devoted to the interests of Golden, Jefferson County and Colorado." O. W. Garrison editor and publisher. Front cover contains images of a globe with a designation for the city of Golden, the newspaper's building, scenic view of Golden from North Table Mountain, and important buildings in the town. Inside contains information about notable businesses and persons in Golden. Also includes a list of businesses and weather from 1870 - 1893. Businesses and people mentioned. -The Globe Real Estate Agency; The Fair; Golden Water Works; The White Ash Coal Mining Company; Bella Vista; Edward F. Rundlett books, stationary, and furniture business; George H. Kimball; Jefferson County Courthouse; county officials; South Golden High School; Colorado State Industrial School; Rock Flour Mills; Nankivell & Jones; D. E. Harrison; J.H Brown; Dr. James Kelly; Columbian Green House; Hammond & Broad; The Crawford House; General George West; H.T. Quick; G.G. Townsend; L.J. Fox; John Treffeisen; E.T. Evans; Judge McD. Parshall; Caleb E. Parfet; Anselm Dold; A.S. Harris; The Golden Globe; I.T. Feltch; Episcopal Church; Vogel & Niedermeyer; Honorable W.G. Smith; S.E. Parshall; Charles Sauter; C. H. Case; Phil Klatt; A. Eslick; The Eagle Brewing Company; Henry Koch; George C. Cooper; Fritz Kohler; Mrs. R. McLaughlin; Honorable Joseph Mann; The Savery House; Mrs. M. Slingerland; Golden Paper Mills; Honorable John A. Hoagland; Mayor N. Koenig; Lake & Dennis' Livery; Elizabeth Murphy; M. Wyman; Honorable Charles W. Dake; Pine Grove resort; Honorable Ruben C. Wells; W.E. Matthews; James Nankivell; S.A. Cunningham; Hotel La Veta; Mrs. M.E. Harris; Allen Lewis; B.P. Quaintance; Elwood Easley; Charles H. Wade; Jefferson County Bank; The Burgess House; Mrs. T.W. Burgess; Golden Electric Light Plants; M.T. Morrill; Theo Merkle; J.R. Derr; W.W. Gayton; Coors Brewery; Adolph Coors; Rees Easley; The Transcript; Sheriff S. S. Poe; Joseph Zilligen; City Meat Market; Wasson & Sorensen; Henry F. Wulff; L. H. McGill; Peter Christensen; M.M. Nay; Union Pacific Railroad; D.R. Burrows; Louis A. Reno; W.M. Graves; Albert H. Barth; Arvada Tannery; Dr. E.P. Greene; Justice R.C. Greene; J.A. Ferris; J.A. Newcomb; Senator Hiram R. Brown; State School of Mines; Percy Williams; Henry Wagner; Hibbard's New York Store; C.A. Hibbard; Golden Opera House; M.G. Rockwell; James A. Lewis; C.P Hoyt; Jonas E. Wannemaker; Sprucedale Resort; H.H. Stewart; Andrew Amos; Frand D. Hines; Honorable D.P. Wilmot; Julius C. Dedisse; The Golden Pressed and Fire Brick Company; Robert A. Strain; Frank D. Hatch; Eagle Brewing Company; Denver, Lakewood, and Golden Railway; J. H. Brown's Store; A.C. Shock; George W. Parfet; Dr. W.E. Stone; McCartney's Store; Wade, Golden's clothier; Nollison & Crisman

The Golden Globe, Industrial Edition, May 20, 1893. Contains sixteen pages and four blue pages of front and back covers. Bound original newspaper that has been laminated. Second of four copies. The Golden Globe, "a weekly newspaper devoted to the interests of Golden, Jefferson County and Colorado." O. W. Garrison editor and publisher. Front cover contains images of a globe with a designation for the city of Golden, the newspaper's building, scenic view of Golden from North Table Mountain, and important buildings in the town. Inside contains information about notable businesses and persons in Golden. Also includes a list of businesses and weather from 1870 - 1893. Businesses and peopl

Image of General business directory for Golden, CO and the surrounding areas. General overviews include: Jefferson County, agriculture, mining, Golden, educational institutions, churches, secret societies, manufacturers, business houses, and personalities. Numerous photographs are included along with advertisements for local businesses.  Written on the front cover: Property Pioneer Museum, Golden, Colorado; March 15, 1902.  Stamped in the inside of the front cover: Golden DAR Pioneer Museum.

General business directory for Golden, CO and the surrounding areas. General overviews include: Jefferson County, agriculture, mining, Golden, educational institutions, churches, secret societies, manufacturers, business houses, and personalities. Numerous photographs are included along with advertisements for local businesses. Written on the front cover: Property Pioneer Museum, Golden, Colorado; March 15, 1902. Stamped in the inside of the front cover: Golden DAR Pioneer Museum.

General business directory for Golden, CO and the surrounding areas. General overviews include: Jefferson County, agriculture, mining, Golden, educational institutions, churches, secret societies, manufacturers, business houses, and personalities. Numerous photographs are included along with advertisements for local businesses. Written on the front cover: Property Pioneer Museum, Golden, Colorado; March 15, 1902. Stamped in the inside of the front cover: Golden DAR Pioneer Museum.

Image of 2008.010.022 - Negative, Sheet Film

2008.010.022 - Negative, Sheet Film

Black and white photograph viewing south of the new fleet of Edsel Patrol cars for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department in 1959. Standing far left in light colored suit and Stetson hat is Sheriff Arthur Wermuth, and standing next to him wearing the dark suit and Stetson hat is Undersheriff Lou Holley. The building shown in the photograph is the Jefferson County Courthouse. This photograph shows the main entrance to the Courthouse that faced west toward the campus of the Colorado School of Mines. It was built in 1954 on property once used as a city park. Pioneer Park was sold to the County by the City of Golden for one dollar in order to build the Courthouse, and eventually a Hall of Just

Image of 2008.010.030 - Print, Photographic

2008.010.030 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph of the Jefferson County Courthouse and Jail opened for government business in 1878. Photograph depicts the destruction of the building in 1963 when the County moved the Courthouse and Jail to the 1600 block of Arapahoe Street. This view is looking east to the front of the former Courthous and Jail that was physically located on the northeast corner of 15th and Washington Avenue in Golden. The bottom level of the building as seen as mortored brick was the outside wall of the jail. The entrance to the jail is seen covered by debris on the lower lever. The middle level was used as the District Courtroom and later as a museum.

Image of 2008.010.039 - Print, Photographic

2008.010.039 - Print, Photographic

Aerial photograph of the 1991 Jefferson County Courthouse. The photograph depicts the south side of the Courthouse, bordered by Colorado Hiighway 6, that houses County administration and Commissioners, with the courts seen on the northside. Beyond the Courts is the 1986 Jefferson County Sheriff's Complex. The uninorporated town of Pleasant View is depicted, bordered on the north by South Table Mountain.

Image of 2008.010.044 - Print, Photographic

2008.010.044 - Print, Photographic

Aerial photograph of the front entrance and parking lot of the 1991 Jefferson County Courthouse. In the middle right of the photograph is the 1986 Jefferson County Sheriff's Complex, and in the upper middle of the photograph is the building of the District Attorney as well as the Dakota Facilities that include the Coroner's Office, County Emergency Management and Sheriffs Dispatch. Mount Zion and Lookout Mountain are seen in the distance as well as the western edge of the city of Golden.

Image of 2008.010.048 - Negative, Sheet Film

2008.010.048 - Negative, Sheet Film

Black and white photograph of the swearing in ceremony for Harold E. Bray who was appointed Sheriff of Jefferson County in 1962 to replace Sheriff Arthur Wermuth. The photograph is taken inside the Jefferson County Commissioner's Hearing Room at the Courthouse located on 17th and Arapahoe Street in Golden Colorado. The photo depicts the Bray family seated in the front row, from right to left, Joy Bray, Brett Bray holding his little brother and Geraldine Bray, Harold Bray's wife. Talking to Geraldine Bray is the current Undersheriff of Jefferson County, Eugene Brace. Of note, standing to the right of the framed Lincoln portrait wearing eye glasses and a white shirt, is Captain Charles Morris,

Image of 2008.010.051 - Negative, Sheet Film

2008.010.051 - Negative, Sheet Film

Members of the Jefferson County Colorado Sheriff's Department Shoot Team. This black and white photograph was taken in the County Commissioners Hearing Room in Golden, Colorado after the Team returned from a national pistol match in Jackson, Mississippi with many trophies. Pictured from right to left is ___________, Robert White, James T. Warren, Jon Vandersys [sic], Ray Taylor, Lou Warren, and Sheriff Harold E. Bray. Competitive pistol shooting was popular in the United States between 1967 and 1990; the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department was well known for its number of marksmen.

Image of 2008.010.080 - Print, Photographic

2008.010.080 - Print, Photographic

Black and white image of the destruction of the Jefferson County Courthouse and Jail in 1964. The building was located on the east side of Washington Avenue at 16th Street. The image depicts curious residents who came to witness the event. The building was last used by Sheriff Arthur Wermuth to house the Sheriff's Department. Wermuth vacated the building in 1958 when a replacement jail was built at block away at 16th and Arapahoe Street in Golden, Colorado. From 1958 to 1964 the building was used as the Jefferson County Museum with displays on the first floor (the District Courtroom) and managed by Pansy Hook with support from the Golden DAR.

Image of 2008.010.081 - Print, Photographic

2008.010.081 - Print, Photographic

Black and white image of two men holding a "for sale" sign before the entrance to the 1877 Jefferson County Courthouse and Jail in Golden, Colorado. The image depicts a temporary sign hanging from the front entrance reading "Jefferson County Museum".