Ralston Creek

AddressFrom Ralston Buttes W. of Hwy. 93 to Clear Creek near the Adams Co. line.
QuadBlack Hawk, 1972; Ralston Buttes, 1965; Golden, 1965; Arvada, 1965
SectionS36, T2S, R72W; S13,T3S, R69W
Elevationc. 8200-5250
SourceUSGS Topographic, Jefferson County Sheet #1, 1976; "More Than Gold," 1976, p. 10, Arvada Historical Society; "Waters of Gold," 1973, pp. 2-4.
SeealsoGold Site Park
Initialdate1996-08-15 00:00:00-06
Latestdate2012-12-17 00:00:00-07
HistoryThe name Ralston comes from the man who led the gold-seeking party that first discovered gold on that creek June 22, 1850. Lewis Ralston led a group of Cherokee people to this area to look for gold, and the creek was named after him when it was found there. The Ralston Creek Gold Discovery Site added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.