Legislation

Prior to the 1940s, Native American tribes, along with Fur Trappers populated the colorado region. Otherwise, the land remained significantly uninhabited by western settlers. 

The discovery of gold in Colorado in 1859 sparked a population boom that eventually led the U.S. Congress to pass the Colorado Organic Act of 1861. This act organized Colorado into an incorporated territory of the United States, with its own legislature, governor, and judicial system. 

Legislation