This is an early beta version that’s still a work in progress. We hope to develop and refine the contents going forward. In the meantime, we’re making it fully available to the public as-is. Started by the Jefferson County Historical Commission in the 1990s, it was transferred to the Golden History Museum-City of Golden in 2020.

Colorado State Penitentiary Minimum Security Complex


Address15445 Golden Road Golden 80401
QuadMorrison 1965 (1994)
SectionS1, T4S, R70W
Elevation5726
SourceInterview, Alan R. Bennett, Associate Warden, April 27, 1998.
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Initialdate1998-05-01 00:00:00-06
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HistoryThe minimum security Colorado Correctional Facility opened in January of 1969 as a training academy for criminals that required lower security. It houses a maximum capacity of 150 inmates and staffs 34 people. Many of the property's buildings are part of the state historical register.
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