Colorado, United States Genealogy

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Most pre-statehood settlers of began arriving at the time of the gold rush of 1858. They came from the northeastern and midwestern states, especially New York, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Some came from the , and a few settlers came from the southern states, the , and from other countries including England, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Scotland, and Wales. Latter-day Saint settlements were made in the in the 1870s and 1880s.

The , including the , the , the , and the , had largely been removed to in by 1870. The living in western did not give up their lands to white settlement until after 1880, when most of them were moved to reservations in .

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Extinct or Renamed Counties: Arapahoe (KS) | Broderick (KS) | Carbonate | El Paso (KS) | Fremont (KS) | Greenwood | Guadalupe | Montana (KS) | Mora (NM) | North Park | Oro (KS) | Peketon (KS) | Taos (NM) | Uncompahgre | Washington (KS old)

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State Archives | Historical Society | Denver Public Library | University of | National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver) | Family History Library

Migration Routes

Arkansas River | River | Rio Grande | Chisholm Trail | Old Spanish Trail | Santa Fe Trail | Santa Fe Railway | Denver and Rio Grande Railroad | Union Pacific Railroad

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