Evening at the History Museum and Falling Through a Bridge

June 23, 2022

Golden Eye Candy – Nancy Torpey – Summer on North Table Mountain – enlarge

Virtual Events

6-6:55AM Cycling
10AM Call In: Mid-Morning Meditation
10-10:55AM Awareness Through Movement
11-11:55AM HIIT & Sculpt

Real World Events

9:15-9:45AM Baby Time @ Golden Library
10:15-10:45AM Toddler Time @ Golden Library
11AM-12:30PM Golden Community Table @ First United Methodist Church
2-9PM Raise a Pint, Lend a Hand @ Holidaily Brewing

4-7PM Evening at the Museum @ Golden History Museum
This summer, the Golden History Museum & Park is introducing “Evening at the Museum.” During June, July, and August, the museum will be open late on the fourth Thursday of each month. Stop by the museum those evenings. As always, museum admission is free.

Tonight is the opening reception for Rick Souders: The Art of Edible Imagery. Mr. Souders will be on hand to discuss his spectacular and dynamic photos of food and beverages.

On the patio, you will learn how to paint note cards with a few fun techniques with Janet Nunn with the Foothills Art Center. One card will be a flower made with plastic wrap or wax paper. The other card will be a landscape created with a plastic card. The last card is created by a trip to the dart board to explode paint from a balloon. Advance registration is encouraged.

This will be a great way to enjoy an evening of art and history in Golden.

5:30-9:30PM Golden Summer Jam @ Colorado Railroad Museum
5:45-7:30PM Golden Women in Business Table Talks @ Connects Workspace
6PM Run Club @ Runners Roost
6-7:30PM Classic Colorado Hikes @ American Mountaineering Center
6PM Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board Meeting @ City Hall
MTAB will discuss Council’s idea to reduce the default speed limit in Golden to 20MPH. They will also discuss the City’s lighting policy. They will then adjourn to a study session, though the topic is not included in the agenda.

Live Music

5-8PM Shawn Eckels @ Golden Mill
5-8PM Mad Dog Trio @ Goosetown Station
5-8PM Teague Starbuck @ Mountain Toad
5PM Bruce Cole @ Wrigley’s

6-9PM Goldpine @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage)
6-9PM Bill McKay Band @ New Terrain Brewing
6:30-8:30PM Lucas Wolf @ Tributary Food Hall
8PM Karaoke @ Rock Rest Lodge

Golden History Moment

Correction to yesterday’s History Moment: Nike is in Beaverton, not Bremerton. Thanks, Marcie!

Excerpt from the 1882 Birdseye View Map of Golden – enlarge

142 Years Ago
The June 23, 1880 Colorado Transcript reported a little train mishap:

On Sunday morning last, at a little past 9 o’clock, the people of Golden were startled from their propriety by a sudden and ominous sound of crashing timbers mingled with the ominous sound of escaping steam.

A crowd, including a Transcript reporter, rushed toward the source of sound, which was the Golden and South Platte Railroad bridge at East Street. Clear Creek was running high, as it is wont to do in June, and it had apparently weakened the foundations of the bridge.

The narrow gauge train consisted of an engine, one loaded coal car and one empty flat car. According to the crew, they had nearly reached the south side of the bridge when “the bridge and track suddenly commenced sinking, and in an instant the engine went through the bridge with a tremendous crash.”

A 15 year old boy was riding on the engine, and when the bridge began sinking, he jumped off, dropping 20 feet into the rushing creek.

The brakeman hurried to apply the break on the empty flatcar, so it wouldn’t follow the coal car into the abyss.

In the end, the engine fell into the creek, the coal car dangled over the creek, and the flat car remained half-on, half-off the bridge. The crew was unharmed.

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!