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Golden become the capital of the unsanctioned "Territory of Jefferson"

Colorado, 1861, zoomable map
Golden, the main town in what is now Jefferson County, Colorado, became the capital of the non-sanctioned "Jefferson Territory" which local citizens had instituted in the wake of the Pike's Peak Gold Rush in late 1859.  Jefferson Territory operated a General Assembly representing twelve counties until turning over its jurisdiction to the federally-mandated new Colorado Territory on February 28, 1861. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Wilbur Fisk Stone, editor, History of Colorado (Chicago, IL: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1918), 1: 171. 


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