|1881 Denver newspaper article|
I have been unable to find any documents supporting this claim, but neither have I found any documents against it. Since none of us were there, we may never know. Here is what I learned in the process of researching this article.
Raising the Gold-Plated Dome By Martin A. Wegner - Assistant Colorado State Archivist. Published in The Denver Westerners Brand Book 8, 1952. Photos and Images Courtesy of the Colorado State Archives
In 1867, the Territory's financial assets totaled only $25,406. There were no funds at this time for the construction of any kind of a capitol building.
In 1876, John Evans advised that no capitol be built until statehood was achieved and the capital city was permanently located. Colorado was soon after admitted to the Union, and its new constitution provided that the capital city was to be selected at a general election to be held in 1881.
|Note that the votes from El Paso County went to Colorado Springs, Denver and Pueblo. The "scattering" of other towns voted for is not given.|