Plant Sale, Dining Al Fresco, and Mines Expansion (70 Years Ago)

May 30, 2020

Golden Eye Candy – Summer Day – Click to enlarge

Month-End Appeal

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Coronavirus Update

Public Health References
CDC * Colorado * Jefferson County * City of Golden

Jefferson County’s case count page says that as of 3PM yesterday, there have been 2,558cases in Jefferson County (up from 2,506). There have been 170 deaths (up from 167) and 366 are hospitalized (up from 361). There are 212 known cases in Golden (up from 206).


Cases of COVID-19Click to visit the JCPH page

The Safer at Home protocol is now in effect. Check the City’s site to learn more about what that entails. Everyone is still requested to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when leaving the house. City and County fire restrictions are in place. Clear Creek is closed to all recreational activities.


Real-Life Golden

9AM-2PM Plant Sale Fundraiser for BGoldN
Sale will be in the Education Center parking lot. Please feel free to park in the upper parking lot and walk down. Limited parking closer to the sale available for those that need it. Come get what you need for your home and/or garden. There are no set prices, but we ask that those who are able to contribute a donation. Donations can be made by cash or check (made to St. Joseph Catholic Church). All proceeds from the sale will go to BGoldN.

BGoldN is a local collaboration between Golden, our local restaurants, and the Golden Backpack Program to help feed those in need and keep our restaurants running during the COVID-19 pandemic. Location: St Joseph Catholic Church, 969 Ulysses St, Golden, CO (map)


Extra Space for Outside Dining – Photo by Frank Hanou – Click to enlarge

Dining Out
The City has blocked off the parking lanes downtown to provide the restaurants with outdoor seating. Tables will be appropriate distances apart. Each block still has two spaces set aside so you can stop to pick up take-out food. Assuming this works well, beginning next weekend they plan to close Washington Avenue every Saturday and Sunday for the duration. If you have been longing to go out to dinner, this is definitely your lucky day! Learn more….

Live Music
1PM The Hillbilly Demons at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
2PM Jack Hadley at Buffalo Rose
6PM The Brian Hornbuckle Band at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
Time and Group TBD at Wrigley’s


Virtual Golden

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Today
11AM-12PM Virtual Brewery Boot Camp (Free!)
7PM Ring Around the Rosés – Virtual Wine Tasting with Indulge


Golden History Moment


June 1, 1950 Colorado Transcript – Click to enlarge

70 Years Ago – The Citizens of Golden were being asked to given up their City Park so the County could build a new courthouse and the School of Mines could add several new buildings to their campus. The Colorado Transcript published the drawings above to encourage citizens to vote Yes on their June 6th ballots. They did. You can learn more about our long-lost City Park here.


The Golden Transcript (originally called the Colorado Transcript) has been publishing since 1866. The Golden History Museum has been working on digitizing the historic issues. You’ll find old Transcripts online at coloradohistoricnewspapers.org.

New Music, Old Advertising, and the Return of the Museums

May 29, 2020

Cameron’s Dragon in Parfet Park – Click to enlarge

Coronavirus Update

Public Health References
CDC * Colorado * Jefferson County * City of Golden

Jefferson County’s case count page says that as of 3PM yesterday, there have been 2,506 cases in Jefferson County (up from 2,477). There have been 167 deaths (up from 162) and 361 are hospitalized (up from 358). There are 206 known cases in Golden (up from 203).


Cases of COVID-19Click to visit the JCPH page

The Safer at Home protocol is now in effect. Check the City’s site to learn more about what that entails. Everyone is still requested to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when leaving the house. City and County fire restrictions are in place. Clear Creek is closed to all recreational activities.


Virtual Golden

6:30-7:25AM Virtual HIIT
9-10AM Virtual Power Training
3PM Ring in Summer – Since there were no final school bells this year, Great Outdoors Colorado wants everyone to grab a bell, step outside and ring it at 3PM today, to signal the start of summer.

Golden History Museum Lecture: Throwback lecture with Dennis Potter – “The Skirt Who Wore Men’s Clothes


Live Golden

Tonight’s Live Music:
5PM Dirty Dogs Roadhouse – Michael Hornbuckle Band
7PM Buffalo Rose – Austin Williams & The Storytellers
Time and Band TBD Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill


Future Golden

Yesterday’s Golden Cultural Alliance meeting produced several interesting nuggets of information. Several of the museums will begin re-opening next week. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum will be open six days/week beginning next Monday, June 1st. The Colorado Railroad Museum will also be open six days/week, beginning on Tuesday, June 2nd. The Mountaineering Museum will be open by appointment beginning on June 15th. The Mines Geology Museum and Buffalo Bill Museum are still working to identify appropriate re-opening dates. Miners Alley Playhouse is waiting until conditions are safer before they resume performances.

Please see the museums’ websites for more information about days, hours, mask requirements, and sanitation procedures.


Golden History Moment


Photo of three me on Washington Avenue – Golden History Museum collection – Click to enlarge

Notice the advertising mural across the street in this photo. It is painted on the outside wall of a variety store. A new building was constructed in the vacant lot in 1949. The Fair variety store operated in the new building until the mid-1990s, and the mural remained covered for many years.


1116 Washington Avenue under construction – Click to enlarge

When Baby Doe’s clothing moved into the new building in 2002, the new owners uncovered the mural. You can see it to this day, inside Baby Doe’s!


1920’s-era advertising mural inside Baby Does’s Clothing – Click to enlarge

The Golden Transcript (originally called the Colorado Transcript) has been publishing since 1866. The Golden History Museum has been working on digitizing the historic issues. You’ll find old Transcripts online at coloradohistoricnewspapers.org.

Summer Unfolding

May 28, 2020

Golden Eye Candy – View of Castle Rock from the East Street neighborhood – Click to enlarge

Coronavirus Update

Public Health References
CDC * Colorado * Jefferson County * City of Golden

Jefferson County’s case count page says that as of 2:50PM yesterday, there have been 2,477 cases in Jefferson County (up from 2,432). There have been 162 deaths (up from 152) and 358 are hospitalized (up from 349). There are 203 known cases in Golden (up from 201).

NOTE: the “up from” numbers were from yesterday, May 26th.


Cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday May 26thClick to visit the JCPH page

The Safer at Home protocol is now in effect. Check the City’s site to learn more about what that entails. Everyone is still requested to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when leaving the house. City and County fire restrictions are in place. Clear Creek is closed to all recreational activities.


Virtual Golden

8-8:55AM Virtual Zumba
10:15-11:15AM Preschool Time with the Library
6-6:45PM Clubhouse Live with the American Alpine Club

6:30PM City Council Business Meeting
The meeting can be viewed on the city’s website or on GCO.tv and Comcast Channel 8 or 880 (HD). To listen to the meeting by phone, please call: +1-408-418-9388 Enter access code: 967 704 747

To submit public comment, email councilcomments@cityofgolden.net prior to 5PM. You can also provide comment live, during the meeting, if you pre-register here by 5PM.

Council will decide whether to approve a $1 million contract for concrete replacement during 2020. They will read proclamations regarding Mental Health Month and Gun Violence Awareness Day. They will discuss applying for Landmark Designation for the Astor House. They will consider how to best support our businesses while maintaining social distance and other public health considerations.


Golden Business News


Summer Dining in 2011 – Photo by Dave Powers – Click to enlarge

The Mayor gave an overview last night of the issues Council will discuss tonight. Stores and restaurants are beginning to re-open. Restaurants are allowed to host in-house diners, but in order to maintain social distance they can only seat 50% of the normal number of patrons. Council will be discussing City guidelines. The restaurants are likely to use some of the public right of way (sidewalks and part of the streets), but we need to ensure that pedestrians still have safe and adequate space for walking, that cars and delivery vehicles can get through, and that space is still available for curbside pickup. People can’t congregate, so there won’t be waiting areas. The best approach is probably to call ahead to talk to the restaurant. See our dining page for phone numbers.


City News

The Mayor and City Manager gave an update last night covering several municipal issues. People are anxious to know when the Creek will be re-opened. It remains closed because we need to avoid having our first responders over-committed to rescue operations. Responses take extra time at present because they need to suit up in Coronavirus protection gear. We don’t want to overtax their capacity by adding Creek rescues to the mix. While places like Rocky Mountain National Park are introducing a timed entry system to limit visitors, we can’t do that with the Creek–there are too many access points for the City to be able to control access.

The Farmers Market will start on Saturday, June 6th, but there will be extra safety protocols in place. They will ask that you leave your dog at home, and they suggest that only one family member go, to keep down the crowd.

Our June and July special events have been canceled (notably Buffalo Bill Days). Council will discuss the August events tonight (Movies in the Park, Fine Arts Festival, Symphony Concert in the Park, etc.).

The municipal buildings remain closed for now but may open by appointment only during the 2nd or 3rd week in June. Municipal court will open next Monday. Public meetings will remain “virtual” at least through June.

The State will be issuing new guidelines next week, which will help inform decisions about reopening the playgrounds and whether The Splash will open this summer. No immediate plans to re-open the Community Center.

The State has opened a free Coronavirus testing site at the Pepsi Center.


Golden History Moment


Golden’s Outdoor Pool – Opened in 1960 – Click to enlarge

Sixty years ago this week, the City was putting final touches on our brand new outdoor pool. This pool was the first element of our new municipal center. The rest–City Hall and the Police and Fire Stations–opened in 1961. The pool was located on the lot west of the Library, where we now hold the Farmers Market.


Photo of the outdoor pool, from the Golden History Museum collection – Click to enlarge

The Golden Transcript (originally called the Colorado Transcript) has been publishing since 1866. The Golden History Museum has been working on digitizing the historic issues. You’ll find old Transcripts online at coloradohistoricnewspapers.org.