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Estray Records, 1865-1991

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Series-194

Scope and Contents

Estrays are valuable, tame animals (cattle or horses) found running at large or outside the limits of their usual range or pasture. Estray notices are filed when an animal is either lost or found wandering and presumed escaped from its owner. The animal is examined for a brand and its owner notified. If no owner is found in the brand records, the notice is posted, allowing the owner time to reclaim the animal. If not claimed, the animal is sold. This collection contains notices of animals found, warrants to appraise, appraisal oaths and reports, and notices of sale of estray stock, dated 1865-1903, 1968, and 1980-1991.

Collection also contains reports of stock killed by the Colorado Central Railroad, 1872-1877. When cattle were killed or injured by a train, the engineer was required to report it and those reports filed with the Clerk and Recorder. Reports include date and location of incident, owner’s name, kind of stock, age, mark or brand, by what train, and how disposed of.


  • Record Keeping: 1865-1991

Conditions Governing Access

Archives collection material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available for use by appointment in the reading room.


0.25 Cubic Feet (One slim document box, legal)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to the Archives in 1998 by the Clerk and Recorder's office.

Related Materials

Deed and Record Book O "Estray Notices and Sales," and Series 104: Livestock Brand Registrations.

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Repository Details

Part of the Jefferson County Archives Repository

3500 Illinois Street
Suite 2350
Golden CO 80401 United States