Aerial Goosetown, TriceraTOTs, Hexie Ladies, and Early Motor Tourism

May 4, 2021

Golden Eye Candy – Patrick Klein – Goosetown in 2021 – click to enlarge

COVID Updates

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

Everyone 16 OR OLDER is eligible to get the vaccine.

Appointments to Get the COVID Vaccine
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS PARK AND THE BALL ARENA BOTH HAVE DRIVE-THROUGH/WALK-UP CLINICS WITH NO APPOINTMENTS NEEDED. Learn more…. See other upcoming walk-up clinics…. State of Colorado’s Find Out Where You Can Get Vaccinated page | Lutheran Medical Center | JCPH Clinic in Arvada (70+ only) | 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

Jefferson County Case Summary:
Cases in Jeffco – Fri: 45,207 | Mon: 45,583 (+376)
Deaths in Jeffco – Fri: 798 | Mon: 801 (+3)
Currently Hospitalized in Jeffco – Fri: 43 | Mon: 51 (+8)
Recovered – Fri: 42,540 | Mon: 43,005 (+465)
Known Cases in Golden – Thurs: 1908 | Mon: 1929 (+21)

Golden Testing Sites
Mines COVID Testing | Jeffco Fairgrounds COVID Testing

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

8:40-9:35AM Silver Sneakers Classic
10:15-10:30AM Toddler Time with the Library
4-5PM Recursos Digitales
10AM TriceraTOTs – Making Mary Anning
6-7PM Brain Health 101: Self-care for Emotional Wellness
6-7:30PM Let’s Talk – Biographies

Real World Events

1-3PM Hexie Ladies @ Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Golden History Moment

In the early days of travel by automobile, roadways were a haphazard affair. Local, state, and federal governments had not yet coordinated their road-building plans, nor was there a tax base to pay for extensive road-building. Motorists had a great desire for long-distance highways, so some began to organize in an effort to encourage road-building. One such effort was the “Victory Highway.” This was a coast-to-coast route, planned to go from New York to California. It eventually became Highway 40 (Colfax, in the Denver area).

Camping in Genesee Park – Denver Public Library Western History Collection

At the same time, newly-minted automobile tourists discovered that their cars enabled them to drive right into nature and sleep in it–so camping became a national craze.

99 Years Ago
The May 4, 1922 Colorado Transcript reported on a visit by representatives from the Victory Highway association. The visitors urged Golden to build a campground. “Money spent developing a campground is well invested: the visitors are self respecting and will in almost all cases respect the property which is placed at their disposal. They will linger in a comfortable camping ground and by lingering will leave their money with the local tradespeople.”

Golden Tourist Camp – click to enlarge

The Chamber of Commerce needed no persuasion: they had been pushing the City to build a campground since 1921. A suitable area was available at 23rd and Jackson. “Sapp’s Grove” was a collection of large cottonwood trees located near Kinney Run. The area had been used on and off as a picnic ground for many years. The City bought the property in 1924 and built both camp sites and stone cabins for use by the traveling public.

Colorado Transcript – May 18, 1933

It remained a campground until 1939, when the City sold it to a private party. The new owners continued to rent the cabins and began leasing spots long-term to mobile home owners. It operated as a mobile home park until the early 2000s.

Stone cottage at 22nd and Jackson
Photo courtesy of Google Maps

That area now holds the Lewis Court apartments, but one of the old stone cabins remains on the property, visible at 22nd and Jackson Street.

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