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
Dec 1

1913- Denver's greatest snowfall ever begins. Denver receives a five-day accumulation of 45.7 inches, while Georgetown gets 86 inches.

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Dec 9

1859- The Jefferson Territory grants a charter to the consolidated City of Denver, Auraria, and Highland, more commonly known as Denver City, as the territorial capital and seatof Arapahoe County.

1861 - The Colorado General Assembly reincorporates the City of Denver, Auraria, and Highland as the City of Denver (Denver City, colloq.), the seat of Arapahoe County

1867- The Colorado General Assembly votes to move the territorial capital from Golden City to Denver City, the seat of Arapahoe County

Dec 20

1803 -France turns its colony of La Louisiane over to the United States. The United States and Spain disagree over the western boundary of the territory. The United States maintains that Louisiana includes the Mississippi River and its entire western watershed. Spain maintains that Louisiana includes the Mississippi River and just the land a short distance west of the river. The area in dispute includes all land in the present-day Colorado east of the Continental Divide and the Sangre de Cristo Divide.

Dec 21

1882- The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad reaches Grand Junction.

Dec 22

1848 - John C. Frémont's private expedition for a proposed St. Louis to San Francisco railroad along the 38th parallel north becomes mired in snow of the La Garita Mountains. Ten men and 160 mules will die in the debacle.

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Plaque commemorating the John C. Fremont expedition that was stranded in the La Garita Mountains in 1848. Photo from the collections of History Colorado Object Number PH.PROP.3442

Dec 24

1881- The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad reaches Crested Butte.