All Things Recycling: A community conversation about waste diversion in Golden

What’s going on in the world of recycling these days? Where is my recycling going and what’s the deal with China no longer accepting materials? Is Styrofoam recyclable? What about coffee cups?

The City of Golden Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) invites community members to “All Things Recycling: A Community Conversation About Waste Diversion in Golden” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Ave… Read more…

The Biggest Labor Day Weekend Concerts in Colorado

Here’s our roundup of some of the bigger concerts and festivals happening in Colorado over Labor Day weekend… Read more…

Way More Than You Ever Wanted to Know

We’re celebrating Martin Luther King Day today, so there will be no mail delivery, and the library is closed.  Jeffco Schools and the School of Mines are also closed today.

Regular readers will know that my idea of a good time is to research Golden history.  Since work started on the Buffalo Rose, I’ve been researching the history of that building and the one that preceded it–the Overland Hotel.  Early Sunday morning I posted (on Facebook) an ad that I found in a 1934 Golden Transcript, promoting the Golden Plunge.  That’s the fabled swimming pool under the dance floor in the Buffalo Rose.  Apparently I’m not the only one interested in that topic, because in less than 24 hours, more than 4500 people had viewed the image.

Overland Hotel - Golden Colorado

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The Overland Hotel was built in 1868.  It went through many owners over the next 20 years until, sometime in the 1880s, Edward Berthoud (as in Berthoud pass, the town of Berthoud, and Berthoud Hall on the School of Mines campus) bought it.  He kept his office and residence on the second floor of the building, and rented out store spaces on the street level.  In 1908, at the age of 81, Berthoud fell down the stairs while holding a lighted lamp.  The building sustained some fire damage and Berthoud himself died two months later of his injuries.

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The building was razed, and the lot stood empty for some time.

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In 1922, Grant Churches built a garage on the spot, where he sold and serviced automobiles.  In 1927, Churches converted the building to serve as an indoor pool.  It was 100’x30′ and 3′ at the shallow end and 9′ at the deep end.  The business was popular, but it failed during the Depression.

The Golden Plunge - Golden Colorado

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The Plunge was re-opened by new owners in 1935, and again, it struggled.  It was a tourist attraction, so local businessmen wanted the city to buy it and use it as a rec center.  Elwood Romney, a coach at the School of Mines, found local investors and reopened the pool in 1938.  In the fall of 1939, he built a floor over the pool, so the building could be used during the winter for roller skating, dancing, basketball, etc.  The following spring he removed the floor (and sold the lumber) and re-opened the pool.

A labor union bought the building in 1941 and renamed it the Labor Temple.  They used it for their own meetings and as a community recreation center.  In 1943, the union was ready to sell the building, and once again businessmen tried to get the city to buy it as a rec center.  The building was still used for dances, and during WWII it was the home of a scrap drive.

In 1944, Leonard Vogel of the Coors Company bought the Stewart building (the one at 10th & Washington with the Indian painted on the side) and donated it to the community as a recreation center, so that ended talk of the City buying The Plunge.

After that, my knowledge of the building is much sketchier, because so far the online Golden Transcripts only stretch to 1948.  I know that the Young family ran a restaurant called Dud’s in the spot where the Buffalo Rose bar has been.  Sometime after that it was called Shotgun Annie’s.  There was a department store called “Eakers” north of the bar.  Kenrow’s restaurant was in the back of the building, where the beer garden has been in recent years.

Tax Deals, Music, and Crafts

Buffalo Rose - Golden Colorado

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will discuss whether to enter into a sale tax sharing agreement with the Buffalo Rose when it re-opens. The proposed amount is 1/6 of the increased sale tax, up to a maximum of $58,500.   Read the meeting packet to learn more….  Last month, this board received a visit from the new owners of the old mortuary building at 11th and Washington.  They are still doing due diligence and looking at costs, but their general plan is to have retail or a restaurant on the first floor and apartments or possible offices in the second and third floor.

New Terrain Brewing Company will have Fireside Pickers from 6-9 tonight. Get cozy with us on Monday nights with the Fireside Pickers! With an abundance of talented musicians in our backyard, we are opening up the taproom to skilled pickers who can join us for impromptu Monday evenings of good jams & brews! Open to first 8 qualifying pickers.

Tomorrow morning at 10AM is the Director’s Storytime and Craft at the Railroad Museum.

Saturday Options

Homesteading day from 9AM-noon at the Clear Creek History Park

Art Rocks the Toad with Jesse Crock and Weatherbee & the Gnarbillys from 3-6 PM at Mountain Toad Brewing

Craft Beer with Councilor Casey Brown from 3-4PM at Cannonball Creek Brewing Company

Close the Rose from 3PM till closing. Stop by for one last drink (for the next year) at the Buffalo Rose.

FYI, The Corner Saloon (at the corner of the Buffalo Rose building) will be open for 2 more weeks, til Saturday December 2nd.

International Day at the Colorado School of MinesPhoto Courtesy of the Colorado School of Mines

International Day from 4:30-9PM in the Green Center on the School of Mines campus.

International Day is an annual “world bazaar” with exotic sights, melodious sounds and heavenly tastes of faraway countries. The exhibits at I-Day include samplings of food, dancing, singing performances and more on students’ native countries and cultures.

4:30 – 6:30 PM – Food samples at Friedhoff Hall, Green Center
7:00 – 9:00 PM – Culture show at Bunker Auditorium, Green Center

This event is open to all of Mines and Golden. Food sampling tickets are $1 each at the door, allowing visitors to sample cuisine from many different participating countries. Most samples range from 1-4 tickets.

Hosted by the International Student Council. Learn more….

It’s Friday!

The East Street neighborhood will have a park on 23rd Street
, thanks to our late neighbors, Virgil and Marguerite DeLong, and many years of patient pursuit by Community & Economic Development Director Steve Glueck.  Thanks, also, to City Council for approving the purchase.  It may be a while before the property actually becomes a park.  The Parks, Recreation, and Museums Board will need to evaluate the projects currently in their queue and figure out when they’ll do each, as budget permits.

Conrad Gardner’s memorial service will be held this afternoon at 1PM at Faith Lutheran Church, 17701 West 16th Avenue in Golden (map).

Veteran’s Day is tomorrow, November 11th, but there are several observances happening today.

7:25 Flag-raising ceremony at Bell Middle School
7:40 Flag-raising ceremony at the School of Mines
8:30 Breakfast for veterans at Golden High School

The Federal holiday is today, so there will be no mail delivery.

This is also the 242nd Birthday of the US Marines.  Barrels & Bottles (owned by a former Marine) has an open invitation for veterans:  Any branch of service, show your Military Active Duty/Veteran ID and enjoy some birthday cake and a pint of beer or a glass of wine on us. Everyone, Come Celebrate!!

The School of Mines has a concert in the library every other Friday during the regular school year. The performances are always free and open to the public. Today, they’re doing something a little different. Dr. Priscilla P. Nelson will give a comedic overview of her career through the lens of Shakespearean-style soliloquies. It’s called “To Dig or Not to Dig?”

Learn everything you always wanted to know* about the League of Women Voters this afternoon at 1PM at the Golden Library. They’re offering an orientation where you can learn all about them.  *but were afraid to ask.  For more information, call 303-238-0032 or visit

Tonight’s Live Music
THE BUFFALO ROSE – Wasted on the Young, 8PM
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM

Thunder and Rain CD Release Party at the Buffalo RoseSaturday Night’s Music
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM
THE BUFFALO ROSE – Thunder & Rain – Start Believing CD Release Show 7PM

Mines Little Theater will present Dracula tonight (Friday the 10th). Tomorrow night, they will perform Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, which peers through the lens of literature and science, utilizing time travel, math, and British humor to investigate the nature of life, grouse, and carnal embrace. Co-directed by Jordan Brothers and Daniel Renkert, the production promises ponderous queries, cracks at the literary greats, and investigative mystery. Both plays take place at 7PM at the Mountaineering Center (710 10th St.).

Civics & Spooks

Golden Votes and the Golden Library are hosting Civic Matters: An Afternoon of Film and Discussion from 12:30-5 today. An afternoon of film and discussion as Golden Votes presents two films about American politics.  Light snacks provided, registration required.

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Bob Roberts – 1992 Documentary-style look at the fictional Senatorial campaign of Bob Roberts, an arch-conservative folk singer turned politician.

3:45 – 5 p.m. Strong Sisters: Elected Women in Colorado – The extraordinary story of elected women in Colorado. The compilation of oral histories from past and current female elected officials is the foundation for this documentary film. Q&A with the Film’s producer.

This is the final day for the Whale of a Used Book Sale at the Jeffco Fairgrounds (map). This is Bag Day, where for just $6 you can fill one grocery-sized bag with books. What a deal! They’re open from 11AM-3PM today.

Trick or Treat Train at the Colorado Railroad MuseumThe Railroad Museum is running the Trick or Treat Train again today from 10AM-4PM.  It’s full steam ahead for tricks, treats and trains at the Colorado Railroad Museum! The Railroad Halloween Town is a safe place to enjoy Trick or Treating. Catch a ride behind a historic Denver & Rio Grande Steam Locomotive in vintage passenger cars hosted by conductors and engineers in full costume.

Live Music:
THE BUFFALO ROSE – James Speiser at 2PM

Head to Matthews/Winters Park this afternoon from 4-6PM for Ghost Towns and Ghost Stories. Learn about the ghost town of Mt. Vernon under your feet, make a spooky craft, and take a short walk to the cemetery for ghost stories. Dress for the weather, in layers for the chilly October evening. Sturdy hiking shoes and a flashlight are recommended.

All ages. No registration required. There will be two guided hikes and story times. The first will leave the picnic area at 4:30 pm & the second at 5:30 pm.

You will meet the educator at the picnic area of Matthews/Winters Park, 1103 Highway 26, Golden, CO (map)

Eventful Saturday

Colorado Railroad Museum

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The Railroad Museum has a Steam Train going today, so it’s a good day to visit and take a ride!

Visit the Golden City Brewery today to enjoy their 19th annual ChiliFest, which is a benefit for the food bank at the Christian Action Guild.  They’ll have 15 chili cooks and at least 3 chili beers.  The event starts at noon and runs till 5PM…or until they run out of chili!

Mountain Side Gear Rental (map) is collecting coats, backpacks, and warm sleeping gear for Jefferson County’s homeless families. Almost 3,000 children are homeless in our county, so youth-size clothing is particularly welcome. Please bring your contributions between 10AM and 2PM today. You’re welcome to stay for a while for food and beverages and to meet the agencies that dedicate their time and efforts to end homelessness in Jefferson County. Call 303-955-2290 if you have any questions.

Golden Votes!

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The March to the Ballot Box will meet at the library at 1PM to walk over to the City Hall and VOTE! Fill out your ballot and plan to join them.

Jefferson County CSU Extension Service is celebrating 100 years today–wow! Join them tonight from 5:30-8:30 at the Fairgrounds. “Foods to Mingle Over … History to Visit … Future to Enjoy” Live music provided by Grasping at Straws. Tickets are $15 per person with a cash bar.

The forecast says it will be cooler today, with highs in the 50s.

This is CSM’s Parents & Family Weekend, so look out for proud parents!

New Terrain Brewing is hosting BFC4 (Beer Fight Club) from 4-7PM. This is a blind tasting competition featuring 8 Colorado breweries. You can help judge by voting for the best beer. The breweries and Beer Fight Club will be giving away “stuff.” Tickets are $35-40.

Live Music:
THE BUFFALO ROSE – The Duke Street Kings at 3:30 and Genitorturers at 8PM
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM

If you’re looking for Halloween Events, check

Full Fall Friday

The Library is throwing a Toddler Dance Party at 11:15 this morning.

Friday’s Live Music
Admission is FREE to all of the following:

The School of Mines has a Concert in the Arthur Lakes Library at noon today. Andrew Fletcher will play acoustic guitar. The concert is open to the public.

THE BUFFALO ROSE – So What Brothers at 8PM
ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM

Friday’s Halloween Happenings
Check with the individual businesses to see whether they still have openings.

6:30 – Golden Haunted Hayride
7:30 – Golden Haunted Pub Crawl
8:30 – Murder, Mayhem, and Madness Tour
9:00 – Atomic Halloween – Party at Bob’s Atomic Burgers – Costume Contest and Halloween Craziness! Free!

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The Golden City Brewery will have their 19th annual Chilifest to benefit the food pantry at the Christian Action Guild.  The event starts at noon and will go on until they run out of chili!

The Boettcher Mansion will hold their Autumn Wedding Show from 11AM-2PM.

The Library will celebrate Star Wars Reads Day from 11AM-1PM.  Costumes encouraged!

Golden Votes will lead a March to the Ballot Box at 1PM.  Meet at the Library and walk together to the Ballot Box at City Hall.

West Side Live! will present Voices of Light at 7PM.

The Railroad Museum will host a nighttime event:  Ghosts of the Railyard from 7:30-10PM.

Feedback, 4-H, STEM, and Grants

You like us! 10th AnniversaryThanks to everyone who responded to our 10th Anniversary survey about What’s Happening in Golden last week.  Our audience appreciates hearing what city council, boards, and commissions are working on, though one response said we were too “anti-progress.”  People find the coverage of community events to be “about right.”  They like learning more about businesses, but sometimes would like more notice on events.  96% said they would refer the site/daily posts to a friend.  One person remarked that they would like more coverage of the school schedule.  See the complete list of results.

Jefferson County 4HJeffco kids ages 5-18 are invited to attend the annual Jeffco 4-H Open House tonight (Monday 10/16 from 6-8:30) at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. Volunteer 4-H leaders and current club members will be available to answer questions about the various programs offered for youth. For more information on 4-H enrollment, contact CSU Extension Agent Barbie Garnett at 303-271-6620 or Learn more….

The library is hosting STEM Girls this afternoon from 4-5PM. This fun celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math is open to girls of all ages. This event is led by Bell Middle School’s Girls in iSTEM Club.

Holiday Lights - Golden ColoradoThe Downtown Development Authority meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will vote on whether to approve a sign grant request from Connects Workspace, a TIF reimbursment agreement with the Buffalo Rose, and extending the contract to install the holiday lights. They will discuss whether to provide a grant to the Environmental Film Festival. On the one hand, such events bring a lot of people downtown and therefore support downtown businesses; on the other the DDA doesn’t want to provide repeat grants because they want events to be self-sustaining.  See their full meeting packet….