In addition to his agricultural business, Wall grubstaked Arapahoe Bar miner John Hamilton Gregory, enabling the miner to prospect in the mountains. Wall supplied food in exchange for a share of whatever gold Gregory might find. On May 6, 1859 Gregory made one of the most famous gold discoveries in Colorado history, helping confirm the faith of the gold rushers and putting the rush into full boom. Wall became one of the original founders of Golden when the town was organized on June 16, 1859. In November 1859 John C. Wall joined his brother David in working on his farm, but died within a year. The wall brothers built Colorado's first produce store where the tower of the Golden Visitors Center stands today. It was a 2-story frame building with a false front, measuring 18x36 feet.
David Wall made the farm larger for the 1860 season, expanding it to encompass 20 acres including the bench above the original farm. Despite a late frost, David Wall made an $8,000 profit in that second season.
From January-June 1862 David Wall served as one of the original Jefferson County Commissioners. After David Wall abandoned farming, his building served as Mason Seavey's grocery store, home of the Jefferson County government, and then Jefferson County Jail before it was destroyed by an arsonist in 1876.
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|Date Added||Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 9:20pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13S E 480905 N 4400755|
|Decimal Degrees||39.75650000, -105.22290000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 45.39', W 105° 13.374'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 45' 23.40" N, 105° 13' 22.44" W|
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|Area Code(s)||303, 720|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1040-1050 Clear Creek Trail, Golden CO 80401, US|
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