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Name Jefferson County Jail

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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 2017.010.044 - 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 2008.010.004 - Camera

2008.010.004 - Camera

Inspectrograph 11 volt Infrared Eastman Kodak Graflex Fingerprint Camera. This is a camera used by Detectives to photograph trace evidence such as blood, semen, hair, dust and gun powder. The camera was powered by a 11 volt power source, used a film pack of 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch plate size. The lens is a Kodak Anastigmat 72mm f/6.3 and could make 1:1 photographic copies of fingerprint cards. A lens is recessed inside the flat brown rigid shroud and is pre-focused on the plane of the opening in the front of the shroud. To make an exposure, Detectives placed the shroud opening directly on the surface to be photographed. The power source illuminated the subject photographed. The shutter is a slidin

Image of 2008.010.008 - Shackle

2008.010.008 - Shackle

A "body chain" used by Deputies assigned to the Jefferson County Jail to restrain prisoners during movement outside the facility. Body Chains were normally used for the most difficult of prisoners to ensure security. This Body Chain was purchased by Sheriff George E. Koch in 1945. This body chain is anchored by Peerless Handcuffs, laced through metal grommets attached to a leather belt by interweaving chains. The belt was placed around the waist of the prisoner and the ends of the chain were connected together by the Peerless handcuffs.

Image of 2008.010.070a - Key, Jail

2008.010.070a - Key, Jail

Jefferson County purchased five keys to operate the doors of the Jail built in 1958. The keys were made by Southern Steel in San Antonio, Texas and carried in a pouch attached the belt of a Jail Deputy. These keys were irreplaceable and expected to last the lifetime of the jail facility, but extraordinary lengths were taken to ensure these keys would never leave the inside of the jail. This particular key was used by the Jail Shift Supervisor. It opened all doors in the Jail, including the south, east and sally port doors. This particular key was considered the "master" key, and therefore, has endured the most use.

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 2008.010.177 - Ledger

2008.010.177 - Ledger

In February of 1878 the County Commissioners officially turned the new Jail over to Sheriff John Belcher to manage and house prisoners. This Jail was located in the basement of the 1877 Courthouse located at 15th and Washington Avenue. Belcher changed the method of keeping track of inmates, including court dispositions and sentencing, by capturing this information by longhand in a large, bound book, known as a ledger. Who ever was working the "Booking" desk at the time was responsible for adding information to the ledger regarding the disposition of arrestees. The first entry was made on February 18, 1878 on Inmate Richard Sloan placed in the jail by the County Court on a mittimus for "shooti

Image of 2014.002.023 - Poster

2014.002.023 - Poster

One color poster showing different landmarks of the City of Golden. The poster also includes written history of different landmarks and of the City of Golden. The poster was created by Front Range Poster Promotions from Fort Collins, Colorado.

Image of Autobiography titled "Twenty-Six Years in Jail" written by Geraldine A. Bray about the years she spent living in the Jefferson County jail with her husband Sheriff Harold E. Bray. Inside page contains an 1996 inscription written to "Susi and Jim" by Bray with her signature saying "Love Aunt Geraldine". 

Printed by Leaves of Autumn Books, Inc. Payson, AZ 85541

Autobiography titled "Twenty-Six Years in Jail" written by Geraldine A. Bray about the years she spent living in the Jefferson County jail with her husband Sheriff Harold E. Bray. Inside page contains an 1996 inscription written to "Susi and Jim" by Bray with her signature saying "Love Aunt Geraldine". Printed by Leaves of Autumn Books, Inc. Payson, AZ 85541

Autobiography titled "Twenty-Six Years in Jail" written by Geraldine A. Bray about the years she spent living in the Jefferson County jail with her husband Sheriff Harold E. Bray. Inside page contains an 1996 inscription written to "Susi and Jim" by Bray with her signature saying "Love Aunt Geraldine". Printed by Leaves of Autumn Books, Inc. Payson, AZ 85541

Image of 2008.010.024 - Print, Photographic

2008.010.024 - Print, Photographic

Black and white negative showing a Jefferson County Judge giving the oath of office as Sheriff to Harold E. Bray. Bray is standing with his hand raised and the Judge is standing in his robes behind the bench. At the front of the photograph and to the left of the Judge is the chair used for witnesses. The room where this photograph was taken was a temporary courtroom in the basement of the 1958 Jail. The Courtrooms in the 1954 Courthouse located across the parking lot from the 1958 Jail was overcrowded and the County put this temporary courtroom in the 1958 Jail until other space could be located. In 1964, the County built a Hall of Justice that housed all courtrooms, including this temporary

Image of 2008.010.028 - Print, Photographic

2008.010.028 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph of mash barrels and a liquor still, along with assorted attachments for the still, taken in the open space immediatly south of the 1914 Sheriff's residence and Jail located at 15th and Washington Avenue in Golden, Colorado. The stills were confiscated by Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies and later personally destroyed by Sheriff Walter H. Johnson. The photograph also depicts a chain link fence that housed chickens to feed the inmates.

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 2008.010.043 - Print, Photographic

2008.010.043 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph depicting two Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Deputies posing beside their 1954 Chevrolet Patrol vehicles outside the side entrance of the building that led to the booking Deputy and the Jail located at 1601 Washington Avenue, Golden, Colorado. The Deputies are wearing uniforms designed by Sheriff Carl Enlow in 1949.

Image of 2008.010.102 - Print, Photographic

2008.010.102 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph of Jefferson County Colorado Sheriff George E. Koch.

Image of 2008.010.045 - Negative, Sheet Film

2008.010.045 - Negative, Sheet Film

Black and white photograph of Jefferson County Colorado Sheriff Harold E. Bray. Photo is taken in his office at the former address of 1600 Arapahoe Street in Golden, Colorado. The photo depicts the Sheriff at work, seated at his desk with a view of a nearby Golden neighborhood visible through a large window in his office. Photo is taken looking west.

Image of 2008.010.047 - Negative, Sheet Film

2008.010.047 - Negative, Sheet Film

Black and white photograph of Sheriff Harold E. Bray taken at the "side" entrance to the Sheriff's Department and Jail located in Golden, Colorado. The side entrance faced 16th Street in Golden and led into the Investigations Office and a lower hallway that led to Supply, Records and Communications (dispatch center).

Image of 2008.010.052 - Print, Photographic

2008.010.052 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph of a mash barrel and illegal liquor production equipment confiscated by Jefferson County Sheriffs Deputies in 1925 and stored as evidence next to the Sheriff's Office and 1914 Jail at 15th and Washington Avenue in Golden, Colorado. The liquor stills were later destroyed by Sheriff Walter H. Johnson. The western slope of South Table Mountain in Golden, Colorado can be seen in the distance.