Ralston Gold Discovery Site

Address56th Ave. & Fenton St., Arvada
QuadArvada, 1965 (1994)
SectionS17, T3S, R68W
Elevationc. 5200
SourceColorado Historical Society, "Directory of State Register Properties," 5JF419, p. 95.
Initialdate1998-12-01 00:00:00-07
Latestdate2012-12-17 00:00:00-07
HistoryThe Lewis Ralston Gold Discovery Site is the location of one of the early Euro-American gold discoveries in Colorado. Although the 1850 strike never yielded large quantities of gold, reports of the discovery led to the return of other prospectors in 1858, specifically the William Russell party, whose subsequent search for gold resulted in several discoveries which began Colorado's first gold rush. Designated a State Register Historic Site on December 13, 1995 (5JF.419).