Early History of Clear Creek
This creek had two names before it became Clear Creek. Its first known name was Cannon Ball Creek—so named by Frenchmen. In 1820 the American military exploration team led by Stephen H. Long noted it was named Cannon Ball Creek “from the size and form of the stones in its bed.” The creek’s second name came in 1832 when Louis Vasquez, a fur trader, built a fort upstream of the creek’s mouth. The creek then was called Vasquez Fork or Vasquez River. Louis Vasquez, for whom Vasquez Street in Golden is named, trapped and traded with natives and mountaineers along the river until around 1848. In 1859 gold rushers renamed the body Clear Creek reflecting the clarity of the waters.
Picture caption: Entrance of Clear Creek Canyon, circa 1870. Courtesy Denver Public Library, Western History Department.
Location. 39° 45.412′ N, 105° 13.37′ W. Marker is in Golden, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Washington Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at the Washington Ave. bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Golden CO 80401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Settlement of Clear Creek Valley (here, next to this marker); Gold in Clear Creek (here, next to this marker); Farming (here, next to this marker); Tourism (here, next to this marker); Settler Farm Wife’s Initiative (a few steps from this marker); First Bicycle Mishap in Golden (a few steps from this marker); A Daring Rescue (a few steps from this marker); Porcelain and Malted Milk (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Golden.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 513 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on December 17, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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