Bergen House


Address: 1532 Hwy. 74, Bergen Park

Thomas C. Bergen was the first white settler in the Evergreen and Bergen Park area. He built his first home in 1859 at a location near the present existing home. The house is substantially changed from its first appearance. It is believed that it was originally of log construction and rectangular in shape. It is now covered with clapboard, and has an added backwing, making it a T-structure. Both structures served as family houses and as a hotel for travelers to the mountain mining areas. It was located on a well traveled wagon road that led either Central City, Idaho Springs, or on a third branch to the South Park area. Guests, as many as 20 at a time, paid 50 cents a night and 50 cents a meal. In 1860, he and other residents of the area formed the county of Niwot. Bergen was chosen head of the county and Bergen Park was designated as the county seat. After 1873 he moved to an area south of Morrison and established the area's first fish hatchery.
Quad Map/Date: Evergreen 1965 (1979)
Sec/Town/Range: S20, T4S, R71W
Source: Inventory Data Form, Connie Falinstock, May 30, 1974, Jefferson County Historical Society, Hiwan Homestead Museum Library. Historic Building Inventory Record #5JF289, Colorado Historical Society.
Last Modified: Wed, November 28 2012
 


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