Double Eye Candy, Astor House Ground-Breaking, COVID Stats, and Busing Comes to Golden

May 27, 2022

Golden Eye Candy – Richard Luckin – Victorian House with Poppies – enlarge

Extra Eye Candy: In yesterday’s email, I gave a bad link to enlarge Alan Pinkus’s extraordinary view of the moon over Castle Rock. I also misnamed the tiny planet that appears on the left side, so here it is again!

Golden Eye Candy – Alan Pinkus – Venus on the far left, quarter moon on the right, and Castle Rock in the middle! – enlarge

Virtual Events

6-6:55AM Virtual HIIT
8:30-9:30AM Virtual Power Training
9-9:55AM Strength and Cardio
11AM-12PM Kimodo for Balance
1-1:55PM Chair Yoga

Real World Events

10-11AM Yoga on Tap @ The Golden Mill
10AM-12PM, 1-3PM, and 4-6PM Wild West Walking Tour
10-11AM, 1-2PM, 4-5PM Wild West Short Tour
10:15-10:45AM Toddler Time @ Golden Library
1-2PM The Friday Tour @ Colorado Railroad Museum

3PM Astor House Groundbreaking Ceremony
It’s an historic day! Join the Mayor and other dignitaries to celebrate the start of construction that will turn the Astor House into a new campus for Foothills Art Center. Over the next few weeks, they’ll be demolishing the old wooden addition on the back of the stone building and the little “wash house” building in the backyard. After that, they’ll begin building the new two-story addition. The new buildings will be ADA accessible and the backyard will be available for classes, events, and use as a downtown park. Please RSVP if you’d like to attend.

They’ve been doing an impressive job of fundraising and are at 93% of their $4.2 million goal. Click here to make a donation to help put them over the top.

3PM Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinic @ Foothills Animal Shelter
5-9PM Bike Night @ Avalanche Harley Davidson
7-9:30PM Golden Ghosts & Spirits Tour @ Goosetown Station
7:30PM Blue Ridge @ Miners Alley Playhouse

Live Music

5-8PM Marty Nightengale @ Golden Mill
5-8PM The Matt Flaherty Band @ Goosetown Station
6PM Maynard Mills Blues Band @ Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
6-8PM Good for Nothin Thunder Mountain String Band @ Mountain Toad
6PM Mad Millie @ Wrigley’s

7-10PM Johnny O @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage)

8-11PM A Band Called Alexis @ Buffalo Rose (main venue)

COVID Update

83.4% of residents 5+ have received at least one shot (+0.1% since 5/19/22)

78.4% of residents 5+ have received at least two shots (unchanged since 5/19/22)

47.5% of residents 5+ have received 3 shots (+0.1% since 5/19/22) – source

Jefferson County Case Summary:
Cases in Jeffco – May 19th: 128,657 | May 26th: 130,862 (+2,205)
Deaths in Jeffco – May 19th: 1,433 | May 26th: 1,434 (+1)
Recovered – May 19th: 125,695 | May 26th: 127,678 (+1,983)
Currently Hospitalized – May 19th: 12 | May 26th: 11 (-1)
Known Cases in Golden – May 19th: 5,225 | May 26th: 5,321 (+96)

Golden Testing Site: Mines COVID Testing

More Public Health References
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Where to get vaccinatedJefferson County

Golden History Moment

From the Golden Daily Transcript – May 27, 1975

47 Years Ago
The May 27, 1975 Golden Transcript included a brief article entitled “Busing comes to Golden, kind of.” That titled would have resonated with the readership of that time in a way it no longer does. From 1973-1995, Denver was one of several cities around the country with a mandatory busing program, where children were bused from one district to another, in an effort to desegregate schools.

Coors main parking lot, at the east end of 12th StreetGoogle satellite image

In this case, it referred to Coors brewery tours. That year, Coors was trying to solve a long-standing parking problem. For many years, visitors taking the brewery tour had parked in the triangle-shaped lot near the brewery entrance. The lot was always full to overflowing and they often had to turn away visitors.

Coors was considering having tourists park at their property on McIntyre Street. The downtown merchants didn’t like that idea because Coors visitors brought a lot of business to the downtown stores and restaurants.

St. Joseph Catholic church demolition – Golden Transcript – July 23, 1973 – click to enlarge

The company had purchased the block between Ford and East, 13th and 14th Streets several years earlier. That block had held the Catholic church and Duvall-Davison lumber yard since the turn of the century, but both were torn down in 1973.

Coors Guest Relations employees testing out the new visitor parking lot. (That’s Bill Robie in the middle!)enlarge

They decided to try having visitors park in that lot. They hired parking lot attendants and bought vans to bring their visitors from the new parking lot to the tour entrance. They considered it an experiment, and quickly decided that it was working well.

Coors visitor lot at 13th and Ford – Google satellite images

Apparently the system remained satisfactory, since Coors is still using that lot and shuttling visitors to the tour entrance. For the past several years, Coors has driven their visitors through downtown, to show them our stores and restaurants. Merchants report that business is noticeably better on days when Coors is giving tours.

Fleet of vans that carry tourists from 14th & Ford to the brewery entrance – Google Street Images

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!

Weeding Party, Parking Permits, Fly Fishing, and a Very Scenic Drive

May 26, 2022

Golden Eye Candy – Alan Pinkus – Quarter Moon and Jupiter Over Castle Rock – enlarge

Virtual Events

6-6:55AM Cycling
10AM Call In: Mid-Morning Meditation

Real World Events

8-10AM Weeding Party @ DeLong Park
DeLong Park is now open.  A group of residents wants to maintain and care for the park without any pesticides.  Now they need some help getting rid of the weeds before they seed.  The outer area was seeded last fall with native grasses, and then, since there was no precipitation, nothing came up in the fall.  This spring, the weeds and grass came up, but the weeds are choking out the grasses.  The contractor has reseeded  some of the area and covered it with netted straw.

Everyone is welcome to come and help weed. No application required. 

You can also come out and meet the Senior Park Maintenance gentleman so we can have a discussion on the best way to maintain our local park.  If you have thoughts or ideas to share, please reply to

9:15-9:45AM Baby Time @ Golden Library
10:15-10:45AM Toddler Time @ Golden Library
Golden Community Table @ First United Methodist Church
11:30AM-1PM Library for All @ Golden Library

Permit Parking Area – enlarge

6PM Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board Meeting @ City Hall
MTAB will discuss the request by residents of the 12th St. Historic District to extend the time covered by their parking permits from M-F, 7AM-5PM to 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. See the meeting memo to learn more….

7-9PM Why Modern Building Codes are Crucial for Energy Savings & Comfort @ Jefferson Unitarian Church
6PM Run Club @ Runners Roost
6-9PM Mini Paint Night @ Golden Game Guild

7-10PM Fly Fishing Film Tour @ Buffalo Rose
7:30PM Blue Ridge @ Miners Alley Playhouse (beginning April 14)

Live Music

5-8PM Dave Halchak @ Golden Mill
5:30PM Brian Hornbuckle Band @ Dirty Dogs Roadhouse

6-9PM Jon “Blackdog” Ridnell @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage)
6PM Teague Starbuck @ Mountain Toad
6-9PM The Tens @ New Terrain Brewing
6PM Open Pick Night @ Over Yonder Brewing
6:30-8:30PM Lucas Wolf @ Tributary Food Hall
8PM Karaoke @ Rock Rest Lodge

Golden History Moment

Stone Pillars at the Bottom of the Lariat Loop – Golden History Museum Collection – enlarge

As Golden-ites, we’re well aware of the stone pillars at the base of the road that climbs Mount Zion and Lookout Mountain. They were built there in 1917 to mark the gateway to the Denver Mountain Parks.

Continuing west through the Denver Mountain Parks – enlarge

The Lookout Mountain road was built by Golden resident Bill Williams in 1912. The initial goal was to reach the top of Lookout Mountain, but after reaching it, he kept building and eventually reached Idaho Springs.

Stone Pillars that used to stand in Morrison – enlarge

Did you know that there used to be a corresponding set of pillars in Morrison? Those marked another entrance to the Mountain Parks. The road that started in Morrison paralleled Bear Creek. Originally a horse and stagecoach road, it was widened when automobiles came along. The road was at the bottom of a deep canyon and was subject to catastrophic floods every few years.

In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps assumed the task of improving and extending the road. They moved the original road higher up the mountain, to make it safer from floods. They then went on to extend the road all the way to Evergreen.

Courtesy of the Lariat Loop Allianceenlarge

In the early 2000s, various public and private groups worked to have the area encompassed by the two historic scenic roads (Lariat Loop and Bear Creek) designated as a state historic area. In 2002, the combined two roads were declared a Colorado Scenic Byway, and in 2009 it was designated a National Scenic Byway.

It is scenic! The 40 mile loop takes you through beautiful Denver Mountain Parks and Jefferson County Open Space. If you’re looking for something to do over the holiday weekend, consider driving the Lariat Loop. You’ll find maps and points of interest on the alliance’s website:

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!

Last Day of School and the Life Story of a Parking Lot

May 25, 2022

Golden Eye Candy – Richard Luckin – Spring in the History Park – enlarge

Virtual Events

6-6:55AM Cardio Lift Interval
8-8:55AM Tai Chi
8:30-9:30AM Virtual Power Training
9AM Golden Walks – Wednesday Morning Celebrating Life @ Golden Library
10-10:55AM All Levels Yoga Virtual
11-11:55AM Find Your Balance
3-5PM Hard Times Writing Workshop

Real World Events

Last Day of School – Jeffco Public Schools
9th Anniversary Celebration @ Mountain Toad Brewing
9:15-9:45AM Toddler Time @ Golden Library
5:30PM Brewmaster Dinner Series @ The Eddy
6PM Pong Night @ Coda Brewing
6-8:30PM Community Sustainability Advisory Board @ City Hall
7PM Trivia Night @ Trailhead Taphouse

Live Music

6-9PM CD Clark @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage)
6:30PM Open Jam/Mic at Over Yonder Brewing
4-8PM Chrispy @ Mountain Toad Brewing

Golden History Moment

Golden Chamber Glitterati Celebrate the Newly-Landscaped Parking Lot on Jackson St. – May 25, 1979 – enlarge

43 Years Ago
The May 25, 1979 Golden Transcript was celebrating our newly-glamorized parking lot on Jackson Street, between 12th and 13th Streets. Members of the Chamber, the City Manager, and the Golden Civic Foundation were on hand to help cut the ribbon.

Landscaping design printed in the September 18, 1978 Golden Transcript – enlarge

The property had been serving as a parking lot since the early ’60s, but the Civic Foundation had recently undertaken a project to make it more attractive by adding trees and benches along the perimeter.

Colorado Transcript – October 5, 1961 – enlarge

Downtown was desperately short of parking after World War II, and when the Baptists moved to a new church in 1961, the Chamber jumped at the chance to acquire such a prime location. They demolished the old church and created a new public parking lot.

Golden Illuminating Company power plant at 13th and Jackson – from the 1893 Golden Globe Industrial Edition – enlarge

The south end of that lot (at 13th and Jackson) was owned by Public Service (now Xcel). It had originally held a coal-fired power plant–source of Golden’s first electrical power. The Civic Foundation purchased the land from the power company, to ensure that it would remain available for parking.

Before it was a parking lot, that half-block included a coal-fired electrical generating plant and a Baptist church – enlarge
Excerpted from a Denver Public Library Western History photo

In the early 2000s, the Golden Urban Renewal Authority built a public parking garage on the middle of the block and found developers for the two end lots.

Google Street Images: the top photo shows the city parking garage in 2007 and the bottom photo shows the fully-built-out block in 2020 – 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!