The History Of Clear Creek County

Where Old West Meets New Adventure

Clear Creek County is diverse with 86% of the land national forest and has a total area of 396 square miles. It’s one of the seventeen original counties and one of the three left in the state with its original boundaries. 

Clear Creek County was created as a direct result of George Andrew Jackson’s discovery of gold on January 7, 1859. In April of 1859, the first group of miners ventured to Idaho Springs. 


Prospecting continued along Clear Creek, which runs most of the length of the county. John Dumont settled in the Mill City area (now Dumont). In 1860, the settlement was renamed Dumont, in honor of the founder, John M. Dumont. Further west, the Griffith brothers were instrumental in settling Georgetown where they discovered the rich silver veins. Georgetown was incorporated in 1885.


Clear Creek County is one of Colorado’s best kept secrets. Whether you are planning a one day visit or a complete vacation, Clear Creek County will not disappoint – Come experience the Old West while discovering New Adventure just west of Denver and the Mile High Front Range.  

Come Experience Clear Creek County For Yourself