Sunrise, Train Rides, a Summer Sale, and a Historic Water Tank

August 7, 2020

Golden Eye Candy – Jen Rutter – “She greets the dawn so I don’t have to.” – Click to enlarge

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

JCPHD updates these numbers Monday through Friday at about 3 PM. Here’s the most recent Coronavirus report from Jeffco Public Health’s Case Summary Page:

Cases in Jeffco – Weds: 4099 | Thurs: 4133
Deaths in Jeffco – Weds: 227 | Thurs: 227
Ever Hospitalized in Jeffco – Weds: 497 | Thurs: 497 (currently 18)
Recovered – Weds: 3554 | Thurs: 3594
Known Cases in Golden – Weds: 153 | Thurs: 153

Jefferson County mask rule: masks must be worn both indoors and outdoors in public spaces where 6 feet distance cannot be maintained. This matches Golden’s requirement. The rest of the state requires masks only indoors. The Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors protocol is in effect statewide. City and County fire restrictions are in place.


Virtual Golden

6:30-7:25AM Virtual HIIT
9-10AM Virtual Power Training


Real Life Golden

11AM-12PM Yoga on Tap at New Terrain Brewing (map)
1PM Friday Tour and Train Rides at the Railroad Museum

Live Music:
6PM TBD at Wrigley’s
7:30PM Chris Duarte at Buffalo Rose


Golden Business News

Baby Doe’s Summer Sale is on Now!
25%-60% off all Spring and Summer Clothing and Accessories

Baby Doe’s Clothing has started their end of summer sale.

Summer 2020 has definitely been one for the books! We are truly grateful for the support of our customers and friends as we work to overcome the challenges presented by Covid19 and prepare to move forward into a new season.

Interested in a private shopping experience? We are offering private appointments for groups of up to 6 women – please email us to schedule: info@babydoesclothing.com.

Baby Doe’s Clothing, Artisan Jewelry & Fine Craft  |  1116 Washington Avenue  |  303-279-8100  |  Map


Golden History Moment

Excerpt from the 1882 Birdseye View Map of Golden – Click to enlarge

From 1870 until 1945, the Colorado Central Railroad (later called the Colorado & Southern) rolled along 8th Street on its journey to the mountain towns. Several Golden industries clustered along 8th Street to be near the railroad, including a paper mill, a grist mill, and brickworks. The tracks went down the middle of the street. Once automobiles came along, they drove on either side of the tracks.

Colorado and Southern engine stopped for water at 8th and Washington – Photo from the Denver Public Library Western History Collection

In 1896, the passenger depot was moved from the Goosetown neighborhood (east of Ford Street) to Washington Avenue and 8th Street. When the depot was built, a 33,000 gallon water tank was added on the opposite side of 8th Street. Steam locomotives needed to refill their water tanks frequently, so the railroad took advantage of the passenger stop to tank up.

The railroad discontinued service into the mountains in 1945, so they removed all rails and equipment through Clear Creek Canyon and all the way back to Goosetown. I haven’t found a specific reference to removal of the water tank, but I assume it was taken down at the same time.

Excerpt from the photo above, superimposed over an image of 8th Street from Google Maps – Click to enlarge

8th Street has spruced up considerably over the past 75 years, but it’s interesting to remember its original use as a railroad route.

Three New Cases in Golden and a Strike

August 6, 2020

Frank Hanou took this photo of an accident yesterday morning (August 5th) – Washington Avenue just south of Highway 58 – Click to enlarge

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

JCPHD updates these numbers Monday through Friday at about 3 PM. Here’s the most recent Coronavirus report from Jeffco Public Health’s Case Summary Page:

Cases in Jeffco – Tues: 4045 | Weds: 4099
Deaths in Jeffco – Tues: 227 | Weds: 227
Ever Hospitalized in Jeffco – Tues: 495 | Weds: 497 (currently 18)
Recovered – Tues: 3520 | Weds: 3554
Known Cases in Golden – Tues: 150 | Weds: 153

Jefferson County mask rule: masks must be worn both indoors and outdoors in public spaces where 6 feet distance cannot be maintained. This matches Golden’s requirement. The rest of the state requires masks only indoors. The Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors protocol is in effect statewide. City and County fire restrictions are in place.


Virtual Golden

9AM Public Art Commission Meeting
10:15-11:15AM Preschool Time with the Library
11AM Behind the Scenes: VIRTUAL Museum Collection Storage Tour


Real Life Golden

Live Music:
5PM Bike Night at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
5PM Bruce Cole at Wrigley’s

Yoga:
6PM Vinyasa Yoga in Parfet Park with Pranatonic


Golden History Moment


Denver Transit Riot in August, 1920 – Denver Public Library Western History Collection – Click to enlarge

One hundred years ago, Denver’s transit workers were striking for higher wages. The U.S. had seen steady inflation since the beginning of World War I (in 1917). To compound that problem, Denver had a new mayor who had promised reduced transit fares. In order to meet the mayor’s promise, the Tramway company reduced service and lowered the wages of their workers. By 1920, the employees of the Denver Tramway system found they could no longer live on their wages. They went on strike.

What followed was all too familiar for labor confrontations in that era. The company called in a professional strikebreaker, who arrived with a gang of 150 men to operate the streetcars. The strikers attacked the cars. The strikebreakers fired on the strikers. The strikers responded with stones and bricks. The Mayor of Denver and Governor of Colorado called in the Army. Soldiers protected the strikebreakers and imposed martial law. In the end, the strike was broken, 700 of the strikers lost their jobs, 7 people were killed, and many were injured.


Car #81 at 13th and Washington – from the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection – Click to enlarge

Denver Tramway owned both of the interurban lines that ran between Golden and Denver. The Denver & Intermountain line ran through Lakewood and the Denver & Northwestern line ran through Arvada. Both served Golden from a depot at 13th and Washington.

Our hometown paper, the Colorado Transcript, said surprisingly little about the strike. They inserted one small item, about 10 days after the strike, saying that they thought service would be restored soon. In late September, they were still waiting for mail service to be reinstated on the Denver & Intermountain line.

Finally on October 7th they announced the new schedule. The Intermountain would leave Golden every hour on the hour from 6AM till 8PM, with two additional departures at 10PM and midnight. The Northwestern would leave every hour on the half hour from 6:30AM-8:30PM, plus one departure at 8:30PM and one at 12:30AM.

This means that Golden was accustomed to 34 departures to Denver every day (17 on each line). We must have used those railways a lot! Most people did not own cars at that time, so I can’t help but wonder how commuters were getting to their jobs in Denver throughout the service outage.

Learn more about the strike….

Four New Cases in Golden, Overlook Hearing Tonight, Old Central Station/City Hall

August 5, 2020

Golden Eye Candy – Rainbow Over Guggenheim Hall – Chris Davell – Click to enlarge

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

JCPHD updates these numbers Monday through Friday at about 3 PM. Here’s the most recent Coronavirus report from Jeffco Public Health’s Case Summary Page:

Cases in Jeffco – Mon: 4015 | Tues: 4045
Deaths in Jeffco – Mon: 227 | Tues: 227
Ever Hospitalized in Jeffco – Mon: 495 | Tues: 495 (currently 17)
Recovered – Mon: 3460 | Tues: 3520
Known Cases in Golden – Mon: 146 | Tues: 150

Jefferson County mask rule: masks must be worn both indoors and outdoors in public spaces where 6 feet distance cannot be maintained. This matches Golden’s requirement. The rest of the state requires masks only indoors. The Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors protocol is in effect statewide. City and County fire restrictions are in place.


Virtual Golden

9-10AM Virtual Power Training
10:15-11:15AM Let’s Dance with the Library
11:30AM-12:30PM Community Development Committee Meeting – Virtual
5:30-7PM Golden Orators Toastmasters
6-7PM VIRTUAL: Golden United Housing Task Force Meeting – Register
6-8PM Wednesday Watch Party with the Library: A Twist of Sand

6:30PM Planning Commission Meeting (Virtual)
The Planning Commission meets tonight. They have two cases–the first is a plan to add a drive-through lane to the Sonic Drive-In (map). The second case is a very hot topic for those who live in the Golden Heights neighborhood: it’s a request to approve a site plan for the Overlook property (map). This is a 27 acre parcel, currently undeveloped. The owner would like to develop it with “personal warehouse and self-storage uses.” Nearby residents have registered strong objections to this project.

The meeting will be broadcast live on GCO.TV and Comcast Channel 8 and 880 (HD) and streamed live on the City Website Meetings and Agendas page.

How to Provide Public Comment:
Members of the public who would like to call in and listen to the meeting can call +1-408-418-9388 United States Toll and enter meeting code 146 255 0462 • Members of the public wishing to provide live public comment during the virtual meeting can pre-register by 5 pm today of the meeting using this link: https://cityofgoldenevents.webex.com/cityofgoldenevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=e257f0dbac3c1eb85243d16790c2dac1d


Real Life Golden

9-10:15AM Golden Walks: Wednesday Morning Celebrating Life
3:30-5:30PM Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinic at Foothills Animal Shelter
6PM Vinyasa Yoga in Lions Park with Gabriela Ferrat


Golden History Moment


Central Fire Station – Golden History Museum Collection – Click to enlarge

This pretty little building used to be Golden’s fire station and city hall. It was built in 1883. That same year, “generous citizens” donated a 1300 pound bell, which was placed in the bell tower to the right of the building.


Dedication of the bell in August, 1883 – Golden History Museum Collection – Click to enlarge

When the Armistice (end of World War I) was declared on November 11, 1918, the gleeful citizens rang the bell for seven straight hours until finally it cracked–whereupon, it was christened “Golden’s Liberty Bell.” That bell is on display today in front of our current City Hall.

The “City Hall” part of the building consisted of one office behind the two equipment bays. This sufficed because Golden didn’t have a City Manager until after World War II. Most management and administrative work was done by City Council members, while construction and street work was contracted out.


May 6, 1961 Dedication of the new municipal center – Golden History Museum Collection – Click to enlarge

In 1959, Golden citizens voted to fund a new municipal center on 10th Street that would include a fire department, police department, administrative offices, the Golden Pioneer Museum, a recreation center, and an outdoor pool. The new City Hall was dedicated in 1961 and the old one was demolished in December of that year to make room for off-street parking.


Ghost of the old Central Station between the Astor House and the Old Capitol Grill – Click to enlarge

In 1995, new public restrooms were constructed where the old Central Station/City Hall had been.