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    Golden Eye Candy – Richard Luckin – Sunflower Sunrise – enlarge


    8:30-9:30AM Power Training (Virtual)
    9:15-9:45AM Let’s Dance @ Golden Library
    10-10:55AM All Levels Yoga (Virtual)
    10AM and 1PM Wild West Walking Tour
    10AM and 1PM Wild West Short Tour
    12-12:30PM Mondays with the Mayor (Virtual)
    1-4PM Wild West Pub Crawl

    2-3PM Active Minds Monday – America’s Pastime: Baseball (Virtual)
    4-5PM LEGO Build and Play @ Golden Library
    6:30-8:30PM Golden Concert Choir Rehearsal @ Calvary Episcopal Church
    7:30PM Movie NightSmokey and the Bandit @ The Eddy



    7-8PM Colorado Trivia League @ Morris & Mae


    There’s a lot going on this week, so here’s a brief preview, so you don’t miss anything.

    Final Golden Bike Cruise for 2023 – Lighted Zombies Theme
    City Staff will tell Council what they’re doing about homelessness
    Library will host a hydroponic gardening session
    School Board Candidate Forum
    Homeowners will describe their experiences with heat pumps

    Stories Worth Telling – story-telling festival at the Buffalo Rose
    “Community Conversation” about Affordable Housing – you must register to participate

    Stories Worth Telling Film Showcase

    Coors 150 Years celebration downtown

    Autumn Fest at the History Museum & Park

    But wait–there’s MORE…

    COORS @ 150

    Picnic Grove on the Coors Brewery Grounds. Note the family home, surrounded by brewery buildings. – enlarge

    You’ve likely seen this picture before. Have you ever wondered why there are people frolicking around the brewery and boating in the ponds?

    When the brewery was new, Coors had a beer garden, picnic grove, and mini-amusement park on the grounds. The area had trees, picnic tables, and swings. The ponds, which Coors built to make ice in the winter, were open to boating and even swimming. Coors sold beer and other refreshments and they rented out the grounds for group picnics. The Colorado Transcript referred to the grove as “the Golden Park.”

    Here’s a lovely description of the community’s 4th of July plans for 1878. Everyone met on Washington Avenue and formed a parade to walk over to the Coors property.

    The afternoon exercises will begin at three o’clock, and consist of music, swinging, boating, dancing, sack racing and pole climbing for prizes. The programme of the celebration will be completed by a magnificent display of fireworks from the top of Castle Rock, seven hundred feet above the town, and a grand dance in the newly finished and elegant pavilion at the Golden Park grounds. At the Park in the evening the entire grounds will be brilliantly illuminated by Chinese lanterns.
    Colorado Transcript
    – June 12, 1878

    The grove was slowly overtaken by factory growth – enlarge

    Eventually, the picnic grounds became the Coors’ private home and yard. Adolph Coors and his wife raised their family in the big house on the grounds. In later years, cottages were added as the next generation married and started families of their own.

    The brewery grew at a tremendous pace after World War II –enlarge

    The brewery buildings eventually crowded out both the old trees and the family cottages. The Coors mansion still stands in the midst of the brewery, but it is no longer occupied.

    After World War II, there was more of less constant construction at the brewery for many decades. – enlarge

    Thanks to the Golden History Museum for providing the online cache of historic Transcripts, and to the Golden Transcript for documenting our history since 1866!


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