Colorado Early Towns
Grow From Canvass to Brick

Denver City courtesy of the Colorado History Museum


Some of the Colorado early towns survived fading into oblivion during the gold rush days, because of the sheer will of the newly arrived settlers.  Civilizing Colorado was no easy task.


Many of the established towns were confined to the front range of Colorado and are still thriving today.  Denver, for instance was once named "Denver City".


Colorado Springs, the first point of contact to travel up Ute Pass to the gold fields, was once known as "Old Colorado City".

The most famous town of the Pikes Peak gold rush was Cripple Creek. Although there were many tent cities around the gold mines of the era, the town survived fires, riots and almost ghost town status, to be rebuilt within the crater of a dead volcano.  Today, there is a new kind of gold found here at the casinos.


Pueblo was one of many small trading posts for early settlers to re-supply their covered wagons before the long journey west.

One of the best ski areas in the state is located in Breckenridge Colorado, which has a link to the gold rush days.


Out on the western slope or plateau, the towns of Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Ouray still have the historic feel of the mid-1800's. 

These towns are also close to national parks and monuments.


Many of the people who inhabited these towns were a large part of Colorado's history.  They were famous people who believed in their cities and their state. 

Each has played an integral part in the settlement of the territory.


The more famous of the early towns are still standing.  You will find, along with modern buildings, those which have been historically preserved for posterity.

Many tours are held by local historical societies to bring the history of the area to the attention of visitors who are interested in the fascinating old west of Colorado.



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