Discovery, Colorado

Overview

     The town of Discovery was founded in the early 1860s, when two caravans of the gold-seekers in the area that was soon to become Denver headed south along the foothills, hoping for a find similar to the one in Cherry Creek years before.  The members of the party – 22 in all - faced particular hardship on their trail, so when they stumbled upon a relatively flat section of the foothills of the Rockies, located both close enough to the established trails and nearby mountain-fed streams to serve their needs, and they determined to make camp, and started surveying the region for areas worth mining.   Almost immediately, gold was found in the local streams, and following those streams to their sources led locals to the first areas worth mining just outside the settlement.  One of the de facto leaders of the group, George Bannerman, took charge of the first actual mine established in the area by general consensus.  As the first (and only) elected mayor of the settlement, Bannerman christened the new town "Discovery", and soon other hopefuls headed west towards California instead followed the foothill trails south to settle and seek their own fortunes.

     As of early 1872, most of the gold has since been exhausted from the local area. Despite that, the town has weathered through its leanest days, thanks in no small part to the charisma and determination of Mayor Bannerman.

Discovery, Colorado

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