Mines Expansion Plans

November 13, 2019
The Mines Master Plan shows big growth plans for the Mines campus. Phase one (now) is shown in the top image, with Phase Four (2030+) shown in the lower image. Red arrows point to the planned new buildings. Not shown: additional new buildings west of Highway 6. Click to enlarge

6-7:30PM The School of Mines will share their growth plans tonight in a community meeting at Mines Park Community Center II, 2001 Infinity Circle (map). We will see big changes and many new buildings over the next decade. For a preview of the changes, see the Mines Master Plan.


6-8PM Award-winning historian Maurice Isserman visits the Mountaineering Center tonight to discuss his latest book, THE WINTER ARMY: The World War II Odyssey of the 10th Mountain Division, America’s Elite Alpine Warriors (publication date: November 5, 2019). Doors Open: 6PM | Talk Begins: 6:30PM, followed by Q&A and book signing.

The book tells the epic story of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, whose elite soldiers broke the last line of German defenses in Italy’s mountains in 1945, spearheading the Allied advance to the Alps and final victory. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material, including troves of diaries and letters written in the heat of battle, Isserman brings this story to life like never before. 

Tickets are $5 and proceeds benefit the American Mountaineering Museum.


More Wednesday Events:
7:30AM Citizens Budget Advisory Committee meets in City Council Chambers
8AM 31st Annual Colorado Capital Conference
4PM Golden High School Information Night (map)
4PM Extreme Science Challenge at the Library
5PM Mines Entrepreneurship & Innovation Social at the Buffalo Rose
6PM Puerto Rico – Active Mines – Golden Library
6:30PM Managing Free Radicals and Anti-oxidants – Natural Grocers

Wednesday Music:
5PM Dave Frisk at Rock Rest Lodge
6-9PM Colin Patrick at the Buffalo Rose
acoustic rock, and covers your favorite hits from the 80’s, 90’s and beyond
6PM Open Mic Night at Cannonball Creek Brewing
6PM Peter Fletcher at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
6PM Chris Koltak at Miners Saloon
6:30PM Open Mic Night at Smiley’s


Thursday Preview:
11:15AM Wee Create at the Library
12:00PM Golden Chamber’s Lunch & Learn: Demystifying CBD with Ambary Gardens
2:30PM Learn about Google Docs at the Library
3:00PM The War on Salt at Natural Grocers
5:00PM Family Game Night at On Tap Credit Union
5:00PM Bring Your Own Beer Home Party at Natural Grocers
5:30PM Drop In Tech Help at the Library
5:30PM Shelton Elementary School Kindergarten Open House
6:15PM Cooking Class – Classics go Vegetarian at Earth Sweet Botanicals
6:30PM City Council Regular Business Meeting
7:00PM Dinosaur Ridge After Dark: Bones & Brushes Painting Dinosaurs
7:00PM Golden Voices Concert at the Hillside Church
7:30PM The Trivia Factory at Smiley’s

Global Extinction, Beer, and French

November 12, 2019

6PM Tonight’s Golden Beer Talk features Bob Raynolds, PhD. His topic is Australopithecines to the Anthropocene: A Geologist’s View of Where We Came from and Where We Are Going

We are currently living in a geological age that has been referred to as the Anthropocene, a period in which human activity has become the dominant influence on our world, our climate, and our environment, an era of accelerated extinctions and oil…. The world is changing and the rate of change is leading to the Great Acceleration. Young people are coming of age with the realization that we have brought them into life on a planet in peril; they are begging us to pay attention, to act. Perhaps these digital natives will lead us into a new world that we can only dimly discern.

Tonight’s featured brewery is Cannonball Creek Brewing. Gluten-free beer from Holidaily Brewing is also available, along with a full bar and food offerings. Golden Beer Talks take place in the events venue at the Buffalo Rose. The doors open at 6PM and the talk starts at about 6:30.


More Tuesday Events:
5PM VIBE@Five – Chamber mixer at Origin Hotel Red Rocks (map)
5:30 Golden High School PTA Meeting (map)
6PM Stress Free Holidays Hormone Workshop at Natural Grocers (map)
6:30 French Conversation Group at Goozell Yogurt (map)
6:30 Economic Development Commission meets at City Hall


Wednesday Preview:

7:30 Citizens Budget Advisory Committee meets in City Council Chambers
8AM 31st Annual Colorado Capital Conference
4PM Golden High School Information Night (map)
4PM Extreme Science Challenge at the Library
5PM Mines Entrepreneurship & Innovation Social at the Buffalo Rose
6PM Author Talk: The Winter Army at the Mountaineering Center
6PM Community Meeting – Mines Master Plan
6PM Puerto Rico – Active Mines – Golden Library
6:30PM Managing Free Radicals and Anti-oxidants – Natural Grocers

Veterans Day, a Legacy, and More Mines Buildings

November 11, 2019
Fall Yard Waste

The City’s trash collectors will be picking up yard waste all week. Have yours out at the curb in compostable bags on your usual trash pick-up day.

Veterans Day
Golden Cemetery will have an Avenue of Flags today, in honor of Veterans Day. The VFW Post 4171 will raise them between 7 and 8AM.

There will be no mail delivery today, and the library is closed.

10AM Dinosaur Ridge (map) is hosting a lecture on Hadrosaurs this morning.

6PM The City is offering their monthly Golden Safety Academy. Tonight’s topic is Youth Education & Safety in Schools Y.E.S.S. – Parent Academy – Digital Citizenship. Learn more and register.

6:30PM The GURA Board meets tonight in City Council Chambers. They will discuss their budget for next year, and review the draft IGA (Inter-Governmental Agreement) between GURA and the Downtown Development Authority. The agreement says that they will extend the time that GURA can exert control over the $1.8 million legacy fund.

“What is the legacy fund?” you might ask. It’s money that the Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) had left when they finished their 20 year project of revitalizing downtown. They kept the money with the intention of using it for one last, major downtown project–a lasting legacy of GURA’s work to revitalize historic downtown Golden. The plan was that if they hadn’t found a suitable project by the end of 2019, they would hand the money over to the Downtown Development Authority. GURA is currently leaning towards spending some of that money to finish and “unblight” the Astor House, which is currently standing gutted and unusable, but they might not be able to pull it together by the end of the year. The DDA board has been anticipating receipt of that $1.8 million windfall, so they’re a little less anxious to make this agreement. They will discuss it at the November DDA meeting, next Monday.


The moon will be full tonight (actually 6:34AM tomorrow morning).


Yesterday’s write-up about buildings on the Mines campus contained an error. I said that the Green Center was built in 1992. I’m not sure where that came from. In fact, it was built in 1971.

In 2011, I wrote a book called A Guidebook to Golden Colorado*. It included several walking tours (Public Art, Historic Downtown, Historic Districts, and the Mines Campus). The building details that I provided yesterday came from my book. Several new buildings have been erected since I wrote the book, so that’s just one of many ways that it’s out of date, but here are four more of the buildings that were around when I wrote it:

Hill Hall – 1958
Nathaniel Hill was an early trustee of the school, who developed an effective process for smelting precious metals from complex sulfide ores. This process revived the gold-mining industry in the Central City region, which had been waning after the surface gold had been largely removed.
Steinhauer Field House – 1937
Frederick Steinhauer graduated from Mines in 1899 and served on the Board of Trustees for twenty years.
Stratton Hill – 1904
W.S. Stratton discovered the Independence Mine near Cripple Creek Colorado, which started the Cripple Creek gold rush. He also served as a Trustee to the School of Mines.
Volk Gymnasium – 1957
Russell Volk, class of 1926 with a Masters in 1931. Volk was considered one of the foremost athletes of his generation. He went on to a career in the petroleum industry and served on the School’s board of trustees, as President of the Alumni Association, and on the board of the Colorado School of Mines Foundation. This building is home to the Physical Education and Athletics Departments.

* The Guidebook to Golden Colorado is long since out of print, but if you’re interested in seeing it, the library still has a copy.