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Charles Clark Welch
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Birth: Jun. 14, 1830
Jefferson County
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 1, 1908
Jacksonville
Duval County
Florida, USA

(The Brewster Genealogy volume 2 pages 987-988)
In 1850 Charles Clark Welch went to California, and for two years he followed placer mining and was part owner of the first quartz mill erected in that state. In June, 1852, he sailed for Australia, and after a voyage of seventy days arrived at Sydney, and for one year engaged successfully in mining operations in New South Wales. He then sailed from Melbourne and after a voyage of ninety days arrived at New York. "In the spring of 1860 he crossed the plains in the first tri-weekly coach for Colorado; located in Gilpin County and again engaged in placer mining. employing a large number of men. In 1870 he was one of the projectors and builders of the Colorado Central Railroad, the first narrow gauge railroad to enter the Rocky Mountains, and after its completion was the first vice president and held the office for many years. He was also a director in the Santa Fe Railroad. In 1878 he opened a large coal mine in Boulder County, Colo., known as the ' Welch Coal Mine,' which he operated successfully for several years, then sold the property to Jay Gould of New York, reserving a royal interest. He was also the owner and manager of large ranches in the sugar beet and wheat region of Larimer County, Colo., raising one year fifty thousand bushels of grain. In 1873 Mr. Welch was elected to the Territorial Legislature from Golden, Jefferson County, Colo., where he resided for many years. He filled that position with credit to himself and benefit to his constituents. He introduced the bill in the Legislature to establish the State School of Mines at Golden, and gave the ground upon which the first building was erected, and for ten years he served as a member of the Board of Trustees. The Colorado School of Mines is the leading institution of its kind in the United States, and was a gratifying reward to Mr. Welch for his faithful work in its behalf in the early days. It is scarcely possible that there is a man in Colorado whose varied business and industrial affairs cover a wider range, or who has been more active in developing the material interests of the State than Mr. Welch. Before the railroads were built he crossed
the plains nineteen times in coaches and wagons, on business trips of various kinds."


 
 
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 Spouse:
  Rebecca Jeannette Darrow Welch (1852 - ____)*
 
 Children:
  Charles Clark Welch (1880 - 1932)*
  Jeanette Welch Cary (1883 - 1968)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Pioneer 1860?
 
Burial:
Fairmount Cemetery
Denver
Denver County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Blk 5
 
Maintained by: Bradley Moody
Originally Created by: Joyce Escue Culver
Record added: Feb 14, 2009
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Charles Clark Welch
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Charles Clark Welch
Added by: Joyce Escue Culver
 
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