Judge S.W. Wagoner played a role in the development of Colorado City and El Paso County. Beginning in 1859, Judge Wagoner, along with several other town promoters, met in Denver City and organized the Colorado City Town Company on August 11, 1859, founding Colorado City on August 12. A few days later, on August 15, 1859, Beach and many of the same eager town promoters organized the El Paso Claim Club, a vigilante form of civil government, to record real estate claims and settle land disputes. The Claim Club elected Judge Wagoner chairman and one of seven directors.

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