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    Orange poppies against a gray fence with Castle Rock on the background
    Golden Eye Candy – Liz Erickson Bettis – Poppies on East Street – enlarge


    6-6:55AM Dynamic Circuit (Virtual)
    8AM Clear Creek Corridor Cleanup @ Golden History Museum
    8:30-9:30AM Power Training (Virtual)
    10AM, 1PM, and 4PM Wild West Short Tour
    10-10:55AM All Levels Yoga (Virtual)
    10:15-10:45AM Let’s Dance @ Golden Library
    12-12:30PM Mondays with Mayor Weinberg (Virtual)
    1PM and 4PM Wild West History Tour
    2-3PM Active Minds Mondays (Virtual)
    4-4:30PM Kids Martial Arts Class (Virtual)
    5-8PM Monday Market @ Cannonball Creek Brewing

    See the complete calendar of events.

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    7-8PM Colorado Trivia League @ Morris & Mae


    Host Families Needed for
    2023/2024 Rotary Youth Exchange Program at Golden High School

    The Rotary Club of Golden is looking for three families in Golden to host a 17-year-old male exchange student from Italy during the 2023/2024 school year. Each family would welcome this student into their home for approximately three months (late August to November, December to February, or March to May/early June). This student will be a full-time student at Golden High School.

    Host families provide a safe, warm, and nurturing environment for the student and room (a bedroom or shared bedroom with a same-sex host sibling), three meals a day, transportation to and from school and school activities, and pay for student expenses when on family outings.

    The Rotary Club of Golden will provide the student with a monthly stipend for incidentals, clothing, and personal entertainment when out with friends. We also pay required school fees, sports fees, and provide support for needed equipment and uniforms.

    We ensure that the exchange student has medical insurance and liability insurance for the program. During the year your exchange student will attend several mandatory Rocky Mountain Rotary Youth Exchange events for which the club will provide transportation and financial support including a ski trip in the winter.

    Please contact Tom Baker, Rotary Club of Golden Youth Exchange Coordinator (720.429.9406 or t.alan.baker@gmail.com), if you are interested in serving as a host family.


    A group of people gathered around a coffin, one holding an umbrella for shade.
    June 3, 1917 – Buffalo Bill’s Burial, conducted by Golden’s Masonic Lodge – photo from the Golden History Museum collection

    CORRECTION: Saturday’s Golden History Moment concerned Buffalo Bill’s funeral, which happened in 1917. The article originally ran in 2020–the year of the pandemic shutdown. It mentioned that Buffalo Bill Days would be canceled for the year. That is not true in 2023–the reference was left over from 2020 and should have been removed. We’re looking forward to this summer’s Buffalo Bill Days, July 28th-30th, 2023!

    annexation map for the city of Golden.  The brown area shows the original town site, as platted in 1871.  The two pink additions were annexed in 1903.  All of the yellow section was added during the 1950s.
    Excerpt from the City of Golden annexation map, showing the original 1871 section, the two 1903 additions, and the large area of land annexed during the 1950s – enlarge

    65 Years Ago
    The June 5, 1958 Colorado Transcript announced that Golden was about to double in size. The City was incorporated in 1871 and–except for two small annexations in1903–had remained the same size until the 1950s. At that time, our post-war population boom had people eyeing the rolling plains south of town, in search of new places to build.

    In 1950, Everett Bunzel laid out a new neighborhood south of 23rd Street. He requested annexation to the City of Golden, so the City grew by a few blocks at that time.

    Magic Mountain circular, intended for potential investors. Golden History Museum collection.

    In 1957, a group of developers announced plans to build a Disneyland-inspired amusement park south of Golden. The park was to be called “Magic Mountain.” The development was at some distance from downtown Golden, but other property owners–including the Colorado Central Power Company (now Xcel) and the new Presbyterian and Seventh Day Adventist churches had also requested annexation south of town.

    Council decided to grant all of the requests at once. They included the Golden Cemetery in the annexation. The Cemetery had always been well outside the City limits.

    Interestingly, at that time, the only resident in the entire new 1957 annexation was Art Meinecke. He was the sexton (caretaker) of the Golden Cemetery.

    Magic Mountain opened in 1959 but went bankrupt in less than a year. New owners took over the defunct park in the early 1970s and renamed it “Heritage Square.” The new park operated until 2015, when the property owners (Martin Marietta Materials, owners of the adjacent quarry) announced their decision to close it.

    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!


    Many thanks to the people and organizations who support What’s Happening in Golden?  If you would like to support local news, please CLICK HERE!

    JUNE SPONSORS: Buffalo Rose, Buglet Solar, Foothills Art Center, Golden City Brewery, Golden Cultural Alliance, Golden History Museum, Golden Super Cruise, Miners Alley Playhouse, The Golden Mill, Golden Chamber of Commerce, Golden History Tours, Morris & Mae Market, Miners Saloon, Radovich Real Estate, LLC, Joy and Jack Brandt, Tom Reiley, and Carly & Steve Schaeffer

    Contributors: Greg Poulos, Vic DeMaria, Cynthia Merrill Tamny, Barry and Liz Bettis, Esther Kettering, and Jax Baker

    Ongoing Monthly Supporters:
    Tall Pines Painting, Baby Doe’s Clothing, Golden Community Garden, Carol & Doug Harwood, Jennings & Litz, Bill Fisher, Brian Quarnstrom, Casey & Gina Brown, Cheryl & Tom Schweich, Robert Storrs, Karen Smith, Sandy Curran, Paul Haseman, Michele Sannes, Krista Spurgin, Kathy Smith, Crystal Culbert, Pat Madison, Donna Anderson, Ann Pattison, Carol & Don Cameron, Tom Hughes, Emeline Paulson, Susan Gray, David Smith, Karen Oxman, Laura King & Scott Wilson, Bill Sedgeley, Mariane Erickson, Carol Abel, Dot & Eric Brownson, Ann Norton & Jonathan Storer, Deb Goeldner, Rosemary Coffman, Jim & LouAnne Dale, Francine Butler, Elaine Marolla, Dixie Termin & Ron Miller, John & Andi Pearson, Chris Ball, Tom Hoffman, Patrick & Lisa Vitry, Alice Madison & Jim Kalivas, Lora Haimes, and Nancy & Carlos Bernal