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Colorado 1861 Territorial Election Proclamation

By His Excellency, William Gilpin, Governor Of Colorado Territory.

A Proclamation To the People of Colorado Territory:

In compliance with the Organic Act creating the Territory of Colorado, a general election will be held on Monday, the 19th day of August 1861, for the election of a Delegate to the 37th Congress of the United States, and of members of the Territorial Legislature; to consist of Nine members of the Council and thirteen members of the House of Representatives.

The following Electoral Districts are established:

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, The Whole Territory of Colorado.

COUNCIL DISTRICTS:

District No. 1.---All that portion of Colorado Territory North of the Dividing Ridge, (between the Platte and Arkansas Rivers) and the East foot of the Mountains--exclusive of the City of Denver.

District No. 2.---The City of Denver.

District No. 3.---All that territory West of District No. 1. commencing at the Town of Bradford, thence to include Paynes' Bar on Clear Creek, thence including Clear Creek to mouth of North Fork, thence to Four Mile House, thence along Divide to Snowy Range and thence due West to the Western boundary of Colorado Territory.

District No. 4.---All territory South and West of District No. 3. to line commencing at the junction of North Clear Creek and Russell's Gulch, up the dividing ridge including Spring Gulch, to the junction of Nevada and Eureka Gulches, up the Dividing ridge to the Snowy Range, and thence due West to the boundary of Colorado Territory.

District No. 5.---All territory South of District No. 4, and West of District No. 3, to a line running due West from the Town of Bradford to the summit of the Snowy Range, thence North with said Range to the line of District No. 4.

District No. 6.---All that territory South of District No. 4, and West of the summit of the Snowy Range, to a line commencing on said summit on of the West side of Utah Pass, thence North with the mountain crest to Ten Mile creek, thence to the source of the Eagle river, thence West with the summit of Elk mountain, to the boundary of Colorado Territory.

District No. 7.---All that territory lying South of Districts No. 5 and 6, from the Meridian line through the town of Bradford to a line of latitude passing through the mouth of Poncho Creek, Westward to the boundary line of Colorado Territory.

Districts Nos. 8 & 9.---All the remaining territory embracing the regions drained by the Arkansas, Del Norte and San Juan Rivers,---(Two Councilmen.)

REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICTS:

District No. 1.---All territory East of the foot of the mountains and North of the parallel of Denver, (including the Platte River and its tributaries), extending East and North to the Territorial boundary lines.

District No. 2.---All that territory West of the foot of the mountains, to a line from the town of Bradford to the mouth of North Clear Creek, thence to Four Mile House, thence up the Divide to the Snowy Range, and thence to the Western and Northern Territorial lines.

Districts Nos. 3 & 4. Denver City, and all territory included between the parallel of Denver and the Divide (of Platte and Arkansas Rivers) extending from the foot of the mountains to the East Territorial boundary. (Two Representatives.)

District No. 5.---All the territory south of District No. 2 to a line commencing at the mouth of North Clear Creek, up said creek to the mouth of Russell's Gulch, thence by the dividing ridge to the mouth of Eureka Gulch, thence north to the dividing ridge, thence with said ridge to the Snowy Range, and thence due West to the Territorial Boundary.

District No. 6.---All that territory South of District No. 5 to a line crossing Russell's Gulch above Pleasant Valley, thence up the Divide between Russell's Gulch and Fall River to the Snowy Range, thence due West to the Territorial boundary.

District No. 7.---All the Valley of Clear Creek contained between the above established boundaries on the North and East, and a line following the summit between Clear Creek and the Platte River to the Snowy Range, and thence due West to the Territorial boundary.

District No. 8.---All that territory West of the meridian of the town of Bradford and South of District No. 7 to the dividing range, (of Arkansas and Platte Rivers). along said summit to a meridian line half way between the towns of Jefferson and Hamilton, with said meridian to the summit of the Snowy Range, thence along the Divide between the Blue and Swan Rivers to the point of same, down Blue river to Ten Mile Creek, thence to the head of Eagle River, and by the summit of Elk Mountain to the Territorial Boundary.

District No. 9.---All territory West of District No. 3 to a line beginning at Ten Mile Creek, thence South to the Snowy Range on the West side of Utah Pass, thence due South to the Arkansas Divide, thence East along said Divide to the corner of District No. 8.

District No. 10.---All territory immediately West of District No. 9, to the Territorial boundary.

District Nos. 11 & 12.---All territory South of District No. 10 and included between the Snowy Range, the Western Territorial Boundary and the Northern boundary of New Mexico. (Two Representatives.)

District No. 13.---All territory included between the Snowy Range, the Dividing Range, the Eastern Territorial Boundary and the Northern boundary of New Mexico.

The law, and instructions prescribing the places of voting and manner of holding elections, will be immediately furnished to the several Districts.

Done at Denver, July 11th, 1861.

WILLIAM GILPIN

By the Governor: LEWIS LEDYARD WELD

Sec'y Col. Ter.

In case of the absence or inability of an Judge of Election, the remaining Judges will fill the vacancy.

 

Edited by John Chandler Clement, August 6, 1996

Copyright (c)1996 by Colorado Genealogical Society-Computer Interest Group. You may use this information for your individual use, but it may not be used in any form for profit without written consent of the officers of CGS/Computer Interest Group.

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