Digital Photograph, Colorado State Assembly in Senate Chamber, 1890's

Photo of the Colorado State Assembly in the Senate chamber between 1890 and 1894

How Does The Artifact Relate to Colorado History

There are few photos of Colorado's legislators at work in those early years of Colorado history. Several in the photo likely helped draft the Colorado State Constitution. Senator Casimiro Barela (right rear) was one them. He fought to ensure that it is was published in English, Spanish and German. He served in the Senate for 37 years.

Why Is This Artifact Significant?

Senators, who include Senator Casimiro Barela (right rear), pose in the Colorado State Assembly Senate Chamber in Denver, Colorado. The photograph shows men at their desks, boy pages and probably the President of the Senate who sits at an elevated desk. The photo is significant because it depicts the legislative process at work and exhibits the cultural diversity of the Senate. It also shows the role of children in the legislative process in those early years.

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Artifact Location

Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library (Hispanic Digital Collection)
1100 Lawrence St
Denver, CO 80204
United States

Digital Photograph, Colorado State Assembly in Senate Chamber, 1890's

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2014 Top Ten