Colorado State Capitol
Colorado State Capitol

Gold dome of the Colorado State Capitol building. Gold was added in 1908 over the original copper dome.

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Territorial Daughters Logo
Territorial Daughters Logo

Territorial Daughters of Colorado was established in 1910.

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Doyle School
Doyle School

Oldest school building in Colorado built circa 1860. Nominated by Territorial Daughters of Colorado to Colorado's Most Endangered Sites List 2017.

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Colorado State Capitol
Colorado State Capitol

Gold dome of the Colorado State Capitol building. Gold was added in 1908 over the original copper dome.

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About Us

 

Territorial Daughters of Colorado (TDC) is a non-profit organization that was established in 1910 to preserve and perpetuate the pioneer heritage of the State of Colorado.

To allow for more participation of our members, chapters were created around the state. TDC currently consists of four chapters (Denver, Southern, Western and Greeley) Each chapter organizes their own meeting schedules and projects. All chapters participate in the State organization.

Projects

 

We are a non-profit group that participates in numerous projects around the state to help preserve and perpetuate the pioneer heritage of Colorado.

Each Chapter has ongoing projects and participates in two State TDC projects each year. First project is the awarding of an academic scholarship to women studying history at a Colorado college or university (See Scholarship page).  Second State project is designated by the chapter hosting the annual state meeting. 

2019 State Project - was awarded to Yvonne Peterson with the Lower Valley Heritage Chapter to help preserve over 100 years of the Fruita Times newspapers. Yvonne is a member of the Western Chapter of Territorial Daughters.

State Newsletter

 

The State TDC organization publishes an annual  newsletter in April of each year that is mailed to all members in the four TDC chapters. Click the button below to view the current year's newsletter.

This Day in Colorado History
May 2

1870 - Episcopal Bishop George Maxwell Randall begins construction of the Territorial School of Mines at Golden City. The School would be receive funds from the Territory of Colorado and became a Territorial institution in 1874 and then a State of Colorado college in 1876. Tuition was originally free to residents of Colorado.

May 5

1903 -The Town of Fletcher incorporates (renamed the Town of Aurora on March 4, 1907) Named for founder/businessman Donald Fletcher. Fletcher skipped town after the 1893 silver crash leaving the town with a large water debt.

May 6

1859- John H. Gregory discovers the first hard rock gold in the Rocky Mountains, a rich gold-bearing vein at Gregory Gulch in northwestern Kansas Territory, 28 mi (45 km) west of Denver City.

May 12

1905 -U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt signs orders creating the Gunnison Forest Reserve, the Leadville Forest Reserve, and the Pike's Peak Forest Reserve.

May 17

1934- The Dotsero Cutoff (east of Glenwood Springs) of 38.1 miles (61.3 km) in Colorado reduces the Denver-Salt Lake City railroad route by 173 miles (278 km). 

May 19

1964 - A flash flood on Cherry Creek sweeps away most low-lying structures of Denver City and separates many residents from their local saloons and brothels.

May 24

1911 - U.S. President William Howard Taft signs a proclamation creating Colorado National Monument.

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Larimer St. Great Flood in Denver May 19th 1864. ; Great flood in Denver, May 19th, 1864. Photo by George D. Wakely from the History Colorado Archives Object Number 92.3.23