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
Sept 1

1821 - William Becknell and a party of frontier traders leave New Franklin, Missouri bound for Santa Fe by way of the upper Arkansas and Purgatoire rivers. The Becknell route will become the Santa Fe Trail.

Sept 1

1879 - Colorado Agricultural College opens to students. The land-grant college is renamed Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1935, and renamed Colorado State University in 1957.

Sept 4

1903- Colorado Governor James Peabody sends the state militia into the town of Cripple Creek to break up a miners' strike.

Sept 8

1882 - The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad reaches Montrose

Sept 13

2003-           The Great Sand Dunes National Park was established. The park was originally designated Great Sand Dunes National Monument on March 17, 1932 by President Herbert Hoover.

Sept 22

1870 -The Colorado Central Railroad reaches Golden from Denver.

Sept 29

1879 - Meeker Massacre occurred when the Utes attacked the White River Indian Agency. The Indian Agent Nathan Meeker was killed along with 10 of his men. To learn more see: https://www.legendsofamerica.com/meeker-massacre-colorado/

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Our Brochure

Becknell and Santa Fe Trail HC.jpg

Drawing from History Colorado collections with the following description: Depicted in the drawing is William Becknell, a Missouri Trader later known as the "Father of the Santa Fe Trail". Mr. Becknell is riding a horse, buckskin outfit, hat, rifle over his saddle. Leggings, moccasin, horse wearing a cow bell, string of donkeys carrying goods lashed to their backs. Another rider is on the left side of the string. rocks, plants are in the foreground, line of trees and mountains in the background. To the left of this scene are the maps of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Arkansas, the map shows the Santa Fe Trail. Object: 81.131.19.TT