Dacono History

Settlement & Establishment

Dacono was first settled in 1901 and incorporated on January 23, 1908. Arthur P. Church, Marion W. Church, and Charles Lockhard Baum filed the necessary papers. Mr. Baum named the town “Dacono” using the first two letters from the first names of three ladies: Daisy, Cora Van Voorhies, and Nora Brooks. There are conflicting reports on the ladies’ relationship with Mr. Baum; all reports seem to agree that Baum’s wife was Daisy.  Whatever the relationship, it can be agreed, as the Rocky Mountain News reported, that Dacono boasts the state’s most unique name.

Economy & Growth Throughout the Years

Dacono’s roots lie in coal mining, farming, and the railroad. Early settlers immigrated from Greece, France, Bulgaria, and Italy to work in the mines. The mining era spanned from 1900 to the late 1970s. A railroad line was established in the early 1900s to take coal and produce to markets in Denver. Dacono once boasted the first railway depot in the area. When oil and natural gas were found in the early 1970s, the coal industry declined rapidly. Farming also made a substantial economic contribution to Dacono area. Farmland primarily raised:

  • Corn
  • Grains
  • Onions
  • Pinto Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Sugar Beets
  • Tomatoes
  • Wheat

Source: Dacono Comprehensive Plan, 2005