Category Boom Years

Colorado’s population grew substantially after gaining statehood in 1876. The discovery of gold, silver, and other metals made mining an important part of the state’s economy, while Coloradans like Margaret “Molly” Brown and Horace and Augusta Tabor made a fortune from mining. Meanwhile, with more and more fortune-seekers making their way to Colorado, men like Charles Boettcher made their fortunes in business.

As more and more people came to Colorado, Emily Griffith and Mother Cabrini worked hard to give help poorer Coloradans attain a better life. Meanwhile, Mary Elitch Long, Anne Evans, and Mary Antoinette Perry Freuauff brought culture and entertainment to the young state, and Enos Mills worked to preserve the state’s natural wonders.

Casimiro Barela: Perpetual Senator

When: 1847 – 1920 Where: Moved from New Mexico to Trinidad, and then to Barela, Colorado Why Important: Barela served as a territorial legislator, helped write the  Colorado Constitution, and represented Colorado as a senator for thirty-seven years Biography Casimiro was born…

Emily Griffith: Educator

When: 1868 – 1947 Where: Born in Cincinnati, moved to Denver in 1894 Why Important: She believed that everyone had a right to  education. She founded The Emily Griffith Opportunity School, which helped make this possible for many people in Denver. Biography…

Mary Rippon: Educator

When: 1850-1935 Where: Born in Illinois, she moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 1878 Why Important: She was one of, if not the first woman faculty member at a state university Biography In 1878, in the first year of the newly founded University…