In the mid-to-late 1980s, the Jefferson County Historical Commission embarked on an ambitious Place Names Project to research, document, and catalog known geographic place names in Jefferson County, both contemporary and historic. A large committee was established, and its members scoured USGS quadrangles, history books, and other sources to write descriptions of areas with which they were familiar. The database of almost 2,500 entries was first placed on the county’s website in the 1990s. In 2020 it was transferred to Golden History Museum & Park, City of Golden.

Still a work in progress, you can peruse the descriptions here. We are continually refining the contents. Let us know if you see any errors.

Arapaho Travois Trail

Only known Indian trail identified as such paralleling Clear Creek Canyon to the north. About 16 miles long. Left the prairie at S28, T3S, R70W, RBQ. Traveled west through Indian Gulch (pioneer designation), arriving on top of the mountains at S30, T3S, R70W, RBQ. This good trail entering the mountains north of Clear Creek is the Arapaho counterpart, albeit much shorter, of the famous Ute trail which used Chimney Gulch (opening on Golden) to reach the backs of the mountains.


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