Six New Cases Plus Birds, Dinosaurs, Quilting, Teenagers from Outer Space, “Name That Date,” and Buy Local

September 16, 2020

Golden Eye Candy – Birds of Golden (specifically, the Central Neighborhoods) by Joe Wrona – 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: 5156 | Tues: 5184
Deaths in Jeffco –
Mon: 245 | Tues: 246
Ever Hospitalized in Jeffco –
Mon: 543 | Tues: 545 (currently 18)
Recovered –
Mon: 4666 | Tues: 4688
Known Cases in Golden –
Mon: 181 | Tues: 187

School of Mines COVID-19 case page. | Masks are required. | City and County fire restrictions are in place. | CLEAR CREEK IS NOW OPEN.


Virtual Golden

7:30AM Citizen Budget Advisory Committee
The group will discuss the 2021 Capital Improvement Plan and have a first look at the 2021 operating budget.
9AM-12PM Free Motion Quilting with Rita Meyerhoff
9-10:15AM Golden Walks: Wednesday Morning Celebration
9-10AM Virtual Power Training
10:15AM Let’s Dance with the Library
10-11:30AM Everything Dinosaur Talk #1 – Paleontology 101
This first talk is about the history of dinosaur paleontology (including the Bone Wars).
12PM Golden Women in Business Book Club
5:30-7PM Golden Orators Toastmasters
6-8PM Wednesday Watch Party with the Library: Teenagers from Outer Space
6:30PM Planning Commission Study Session
Commission will receive an update on the Zoning Code Rewrite process currently underway within the Planning Division, and provide details regarding scheduling, public outreach, and a small preview of the concepts that are being implemented for the first rough draft, scheduled to be revealed in the fall. They will also review the 1% growth limit.


Real Life Golden

3-4:30PM Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinic
6PM Vinyasa Yoga in Lions Park with Gabriela Ferrat


Golden History Moment


Washington Avenue…in what year? – Click to enlarge

It’s time for another episode of What Year Was This? To date a photo, start by identifying the buildings and finding the years they were built & when they were demolished.

The Transcript building was constructed in 1870, the year the Colorado Central came to town. It’s still there, at 1115 Washington Avenue (map). So the photo was taken after 1870.

The empty lot is the next clue. There was an old hotel in that location from 1859 until 1909. Grant Churches built a garage there in 1922. So the photo is after 1909 and before 1922.

The Bella Vista Hotel appears behind the vacant lot. It was built in the early 1880s and demolished in 1920. So we know the photo is before 1920.

The buildings show that the photo was taken between 1909 and 1920.

The best clue of all is the poster on the fence. It says that Buffalo Bill will be in Denver on July 21st and 22nd. The Buffalo Bill Museum’s website includes a document entitled “Did Buffalo Bill Visit Your Town?” It lists the dates of his performances over a 40 year period. He was in Denver on the following dates:

July 21 – 23, 1879* | April 5–10, 1886 | Sept. 6 – 7, 1898 | August 6 – 7, 1902 | Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, 1908 | August 23 – 24, 1911 | July 21 – 22, 1913 | June 16 – 17, 1914 | June 21 – 22, 1915

There it is! This photo was taken in 1913. A search of the Colorado Transcript in the weeks prior to July 21-22, 1913 show that there was a tournament of competing fire departments in Golden on the 4th of July. The Denver team brought a piece of antique fire fighting equipment which was much admired all day. So this photo was most likely taken on the 4th of July, 1913.

Another interesting item is the poster on the fence saying BOOST YOUR OWN TOWN. PATRONIZE THE LOCAL MERCHANTS. It shows that Buy Local campaigns have been around for a long time!