Coffee with Councilors, Train Rides, Live Music, and Good Jobs at the Arms Plant

March 6, 2021

Golden Eye Candy – Robert Saieg – Spring if Coming – click to enlarge

COVID Updates

24.9% vaccinated

% of Jeffco residents (16+) who have received either one or both shots – source

AS OF MARCH 5TH, Coloradans age 60 to 64, people with two or more chronic health conditions and grocery store and agricultural processing workers are eligible for vaccinations.

Appointments to Get the COVID Vaccine (Eligibility)
State of Colorado’s Find Out Where You Can Get Vaccinated page | Lutheran Medical Center | JCPH Clinic in Arvada (70+ only)

CHECK THIS SITE, which looks for available appointments all over the state. Might be useful if you’re willing to drive a bit: www.vaccinespotter.org/CO/

Jefferson County Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center: 303-239-7000

State Hotline to answer questions, including location of vaccine providers: 1-877-268-2926. It is staffed 24 hours a day.

Golden Testing Sites
Mines COVID Testing | Jeffco Fairgrounds COVID Testing


Visit the Jeffco Public Health website for information about Level Blue

Jefferson County Case Summary:
Cases in Jeffco – Thurs: 37,675 | Fri: 37,801 (+126)
Deaths in Jeffco –
Thurs: 766 | Fri: 766 (unchanged)
Currently Hospitalized in Jeffco –
Thurs: 29| Fri: 31 (+2)
Known Cases in Golden –
Mon: 1511 | Thurs: 1521
Recovered –
Thurs: 35,941 | Fri: 36,062 (+121)

More Public Health References
School of Mines COVID-19 case page. | Sign up for exposure notifications | CDC | Colorado | Jefferson County | City of Golden


Virtual Events

10AM Coffee with Councilors
Grab a cup of coffee and join your councilors online for a virtual Coffee with Councilors. Join District 2 Councilor Casey Brown and District 1 Councilor J.J. Trout the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. either by phone or in a video conference.

Join the Zoom Meeting online. Or you can join by phone only by calling (346) 248-7799.
Meeting ID: 852 5652 4602
Passcode: COGCWC

1-2:30PM Dungeons & Dragons for Beginners (1st of a 4-week quest–registration is for all 4 weeks)


Real World Events

10AM-3PM Saturday Train Rides at the Railroad Museum
11AM-2PM Brunch at the Rose
12-2:30PM Walk with a Geologist at Dinosaur Ridge

Live Music
1PM Maynard Mills at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
1PM Liquor Biscuit at Wrigley’s
4PM Whipsnap – Future of the Funk @ Goosetown Tavern 
8PM Coldreplay @ Buffalo Rose


Demolition on the Way


This semi trailer has appeared in the parking lot at 311 10th Street (the Coors office building) – photo by Frank Hanou – click to enlarge

Golden History Moment


Works Progress Administration Post – Library of Congress Collection

80 Years Ago
The March 6, 1941 Colorado Transcript was brimming with optimism for the future. The Depression was finally easing up and we had not yet entered World War II. The previous December, President Roosevelt had announced that we would support our allies by becoming The Arsenal of Democracy.

To that end, the Federal Government was about to build an arms plant on the former Hayden Ranch, on Green Mountain. To Golden, the plant was a sure harbinger of prosperity. The plant would bring thousands of new jobs to the area, and all of those new residents would need homes. Surely, a significant number of them would want to live in Golden.


From the January 9, 1941 Colorado Transcript – click to enlarge

The plant was also bringing improvements to the infrastructure. Sixth Avenue was going to be significantly widened and improved to provide access to the plant, and it would be extended to Golden. The Denver and Intermountain Railway, which had carried people and freight between Denver and Golden since the 1890s, was being upgraded and a spur being built to service the new arms plant. There was talk of a new bus line to transport plant workers.

The lead article in the March 6th edition celebrated “Busy Summer In Prospect For Local Men – Regular Pay Checks Three Times More Than WPA.” The WPA had been a great boon during the Depression–it provided jobs and paychecks that kept many families fed and housed–but the pay for those government jobs was never generous.

The Transcript article explains that WPA “common laborers” had been working 120 hours a month at 38 cents per hour, for a total of $45.60 per month. The new “common laborer” union jobs at the arms plant were going to pay 71.4 cents per hour for the first forty hours and time and a half on Sundays, which they were expected to work during construction. This meant that pay at the arms plant would be $147 per month. Skilled laborers would earn more.

The Golden Local No. 410, which was based on the second floor of the Stewart building at 10th and Washington, had been founded in 1934. Several charter members were still on the roll, and the membership was expected to swell with the new jobs on the way.


Denver Federal Center from Google Satellite Images – click to enlarge

The Remington Arms Plant produced munitions throughout World War II, and afterwards that site became the Denver Federal Center.


Many 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!

More People Eligible for Vaccines, a Surprising Number of Live Music Options, a Big Development, and Black Gold–Texas Tea

March 5, 2021

Golden Eye Candy – Joyce Davell – Relaxing by the Creek in March – click to enlarge

COVID Updates

24.2%

% of Jeffco residents (16+) who have received either one or both shots – source

STARTING TODAY, MARCH 5TH, Coloradans age 60 to 64, people with two or more chronic health conditions and grocery store and agricultural processing workers will be eligible for vaccinations.

Appointments to Get the COVID Vaccine (Eligibility)
State of Colorado’s Find Out Where You Can Get Vaccinated page | Lutheran Medical Center | JCPH Clinic in Arvada (70+ only)

CHECK THIS SITE, which looks for available appointments all over the state. Might be useful if you’re willing to drive a bit: www.vaccinespotter.org/CO/

Jefferson County Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center: 303-239-7000

State Hotline to answer questions, including location of vaccine providers: 1-877-268-2926. It is staffed 24 hours a day.

Golden Testing Sites
Mines COVID Testing | Jeffco Fairgrounds COVID Testing


Visit the Jeffco Public Health website for information about Level Blue

Jefferson County Case Summary:
Cases in Jeffco – Weds: 37,543 | Thurs: 37,675 (+132)
Deaths in Jeffco –
Weds: 764 | Thurs: 766 (+2)
Currently Hospitalized in Jeffco –
Weds: 33| Thurs: 29 (-4)
Known Cases in Golden –
Mon: 1511 | Thurs: 1521 (+10)
Recovered –
Weds: 35,865 | Thurs: 35,941 (+76)

More Public Health References
School of Mines COVID-19 case page. | Sign up for exposure notifications | CDC | Colorado | Jefferson County | City of Golden


Virtual Events

6-6:55AM Virtual HIIT
8AM Morning Start: An Artist Coffee Meetup with Christina Morrison
8:30-9:30AM Virtual Power Training
10AM Rescheduled: TriceraTOTs – Shadow Art
10:30-11:15AM Virtual: Play and Learn
10:30-11AM Call In: Mental Fitness Fridays
4-5PM Friday Crafternoons


Real World Events

3-4:30PM Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinic
4PM Matt Weatherbee & the Gnarlbillies! @ Goosetown Tavern 
5PM Poor Till Payday at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
6PM Shelvis & The Roustabouts @ Buffalo Rose
6PM John Adam Smith at Golden Moon Speakeasy


Proposed Development

This development is being proposed in Pleasant View, just outside of the Golden city limits. Any comments should go to Jefferson County, rather than the City of Golden. Learn more about the proposal….


Golden History Moment


Advertisement from the front page of the March 5, 1902 Colorado Transcriptclick to enlarge

119 Years Ago
In 1902, the front range (and Golden along with it) was in the throes of oil fever. Oil had been discovered the previous year in the Boulder area, and people were optimistic that more would be forthcoming. Oil speculators frantically sought investors to help fund oil exploration, and Golden residents were excited at the prospect of oil-borne prosperity.

Several wells were sunk in the Golden area, including one in Golden Gate Canyon, another on the Churches Ranch, just north of North Table Mountain, one on the Welch Ranch (approximate area of Colorado Mills Mall), one on the east side of North Table Mountain, one near the Church Brick Yards (west of 93, north of Golden Gate Canyon Road), and one two miles east of Golden on the Middle Golden Road (32nd Street).

By the end of the year, hope was fading for the Golden-area wells.

We have now waited since March to witness the apotheosis (that’s what we call it) of the Golden Basin Oil Co.; not one thimbleful of oil…has been struck.
Colorado Transcript
, October 8, 1902

Oil frenzy flared a few more times after that, but by about 1905 the dreams of Golden as an oil town had faded away.


Many 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!

Art, Meditation, Dinosaurs, Trivia, Free Legal Advice, Speakeasy Anniversary, and a New Tavern in Goosetown

March 4, 2021

Golden Eye Candy – Robert Saieg – Snow Along the Creek – click to enlarge

COVID Updates

23.6%

% of Jeffco residents (16+) who have received either one or both shots – source

STARTING TOMORROW, MARCH 5TH, Coloradans age 60 to 64, people with two or more chronic health conditions and grocery store and agricultural processing workers will be eligible for vaccinations.

Appointments to Get the COVID Vaccine (Eligibility)
State of Colorado’s Find Out Where You Can Get Vaccinated page | Lutheran Medical Center | JCPH Clinic in Arvada (70+ only)

CHECK THIS SITE, which looks for available appointments all over the state. Might be useful if you’re willing to drive a bit: www.vaccinespotter.org/CO/

Jefferson County Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center: 303-239-7000

State Hotline to answer questions, including location of vaccine providers: 1-877-268-2926. It is staffed 24 hours a day.

Golden Testing Sites
Mines COVID Testing | Jeffco Fairgrounds COVID Testing


Visit the Jeffco Public Health website for information about Level Blue

Jefferson County Case Summary:
Cases in Jeffco – Tues: 37,411 | Weds: 37,543 (+132)
Deaths in Jeffco –
Tues: 763 | Weds: 764 (+1)
Currently Hospitalized in Jeffco –
Tues: 32| Weds: 33 (+1)
Known Cases in Golden –
Thurs: 1500 | Mon: 1511
Recovered –
Tues: 37,785 | Weds: 37,865 (+90)

More Public Health References
School of Mines COVID-19 case page. | Sign up for exposure notifications | CDC | Colorado | Jefferson County | City of Golden


Virtual Events

9AM Public Art Commission Meeting
The Public Art Commission will discuss progress on their master plan and possible locations for a new mural.
10-10:30AM Mid-Morning Meditation
10-11:30AM Microsoft Word Basics
10-11AM Great Decisions – Brexit and the European Union
10:15AM Preschool Time with the Library
3PM Hard Times Writing Workshop
3-4PM Jeffco Free Legal Clinic
4-5PM Jeffco Free Legal Clinic
10AM Everything Dinosaur Talk – Thyreophora Part 1 (Stegosaurs)
6-7PM Qs and Brews Trivia
6-7PM Preguntas y Respuestas sobre la Vacuna de COVID-19
6-7:30PM Golden United Housing Task Force Meeting


Real World Events

4-8PM Golden Moon Speakeasy’s 7th Anniversary Party!
5PM Ryan Flores at Golden Moon Speakeasy
5-8PM Goosetown Station Opening Weekend
6:15-7:15PM Dinner-Worthy  Apps & Cocktails with Earth Sweet Botanicals


Golden History Moment


World War II-era Transcript – click to enlarge

78 Years Ago
The March 4, 1943 Colorado Transcript shows Golden’s thorough focus on the war. The home page includes articles about ration books and the Red Cross Drive for the 1943 War Fund. A Mayor’s Proclamation is reprinted, proclaiming March as Red Cross Month.

The Avenue Flashes column focuses on all the women working along Washington Avenue “in all departments from owners, operators, managers, assistants, advisors, clerks, secretaries, messengers, delivery girls, and patrons.” (The feminist message is muted a bit by referring to Washington Avenue as “Petticoat Lane.”)

Several articles name local men who are entering the service, while others urge people to send cards and letters to boys in service. The editorial page praises “pensioners” who have given up their pensions to become defense workers at the arms plant.

Many of the advertisements manage to include references to the war, from the Linder Hardware Ad touting Pyrex to “make your wartime meals the best you’ve ever tasted,” to Public Service Company, which encourages consumers to get natural gas to help the war production effort. Grocery store ads are all about using ration coupons.


Many 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!