Kansas Historical Quarterly - Kansas Territory and Its Boundary Question
"Big Kansas" or "Little Kansas"
Kansas and Nebraska in 1854
At the establishment of Kansas territory in 1854 the summit of the Rockies was the designated farthermost western boundary. Thus Denver, founded in 1858 and named for Kansas Gov. James W. Denver, was within the boundaries of Kansas. Above is a reproduction of a portion of J. H. Colton's map, Nebraska and Kansas 1854, even before Denver came upon the scene.