Jefferson’s Homes: 140 Years of Jefferson County Courthouses
by Richard Gardner – Gardner History & Preservation
One of Colorado’s first counties, Jefferson, began humbly. It was a government unrecognized by many of its people, one of modest means, dwelling on the charity of those who dared to believe in it. Today, this government dwells within a place called the Taj Mahal, and its leaders are elected by more people than any other such government within Colorado. It is a story of rags to riches, from no respect to height of prosperity, crafted from the hands of its people.
These are the homes of Jeffco’s government, all nine places where its leaders have met and its judges have sat. Since the first rented hall in 1860 Jeffco’s government has met in places made of logs, boards, brick, stone, iron, conrete and steel. They tell the story of the history of the government over our home.