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.

Yankee Doodle Park

Probably named Yankee Doodle Park because it was located on Yank Way.

Ye Olde Firehouse

This is now a small community building available by appointment for meetings and some regularly scheduled activities. It is a unit of the Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Department. The original building was the Columbia Heights Volunteer Fire Department firehouse.


This park has a playground, baseball field, walking trails, picnic facilities and open play area. To use the picnic facilities, you need to reserve a date and time at the “Y”.

Young Sampson Mine

Operated by J.J. Bradshaw and Company in 1876 showed a vein of galena ore varying from 18 inches to 30 inches in thickness, sometimes as much as 11 feet thick.

Youth Memorial Park

Youth Memorial Park property was purchased from Elmer and Donna Werth with Open Space funds, and leased to North Jeffco for 99 years. When this area, including the Werth’s 30 acres, was annexed to the City of Arvada, in the late 1970s, Open Space deeded the park property to North Jeffco. A bond issue passed in 1980 provided funding for the park’s development of four softball fields, three soccer fields, one concession building, one pavilion and a trail system. Youth Memorial Park was named for the neighborhood children who played in the open fields. Scott Allen Bernard was involved with neighborhood sports, as well as with North Jeffco and Arvada School sports. He was interested in the park development and was working in the greenhouse unloading fiberglass when a load fell on him. It killed him before anyone came to his rescue. This park remains as a memorial to him and his playmates.