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Gold discovered in the south platte river valley in 1858 brought

Gold discovered in the south platte river valley in 1858 brought national attention to the area that would become westminster, colorado after the first permanent white settler, pleasant despain, built his home in 1870 on 160 acres (near what is now west 76th avenue and lowell street), the area became known as despain junction and began attracting other settlers,.

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