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Catalog Number 2008.010.177
Object Name Ledger
Description 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 "shooting and blowing up" things. The Grand Jury returned no bill on Sloan, who, as the first inmate in the new jail was the first to escape on April 5, 1878. The ledger is complete with all arrests made in Jefferson County until August 8, 1929 when new technology replaced the manual system of tracking inmates.
Title Jefferson County Jail Register 1878-1929
Credit line Golden History Museums, City of Golden, Dennis L. Potter Collection
Collection Permanent-Dennis L. Potter
Condition Good
People Belcher, John W.
Seminole, Joseph F.
Wermuth, Arthur
Woodruff, Samuel
Search Terms 1878 Jefferson County Courthouse and Jail
Jefferson County Jail
Jefferson County Sheriffs Department