On This Date: June 22, 1850. Gold Discovered in Colorado

Gold Discovery Commemorative Plaque, Inspiration Point Park-Denver

Ok, technically in 1850 Colorado wasn’t yet a State but you get the idea.  There is a nice monument in Denver’s Inspiration Point Park that commemorates the occasion and since my photo above is only readable by those with superhero vision, I’ve transcribed it for you.


This Tablet is the Property of the State of Colorado

One mile north of this point, Gold was discovered on June 22, 1850 by a party of California bound Cherokees.  The discovery was made by Louis Ralston, whose name was given the Creek (a branch of Clear Creek).  Reports of the find brought the prospecting parties of 1858, whose discoveries caused the Pikes Peak Gold Rush of 1859, which resulted in the permanent settlement of Colorado.

Erected By

The State Historical Society of Colorado

From the Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation

and by

The City and County of Denver



Additional Information:

Inspiration Point Park, just North of I-70 & Sheridan in Denver



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