First Day of Fall

September 22, 2022

Golden Eye Candy – Dave Powers – Autumn on the Creek – enlarge

Today is the autumnal equinox (the first day of fall). “Equinox” means the day and the night are of approximately equal length. The sun rises today at 6:47AM and sets at 6:56PM. The actual “equinox” happens at 7:03PM. Source

What’s Happening in Golden Today?

8-10AM DeLong Park Weedbusters @ DeLong Park
9-9:55AM Silver Sneakers Classic (Virtual)
9-10AM Zumba (Virtual)
9:15-9:45AM Baby Time @ Golden Library
10-10:30AM Call In: Mid-Morning Meditation (Virtual)
10:15-10:45AM Toddler Time @ Golden Library
11-11:55AM HIIT & Sculpt (Virtual)
4-6PM Golden Laser Aesthetics Open House @ Golden Laser Aesthetics
6PM Run Club @ Runners Roost
6PM Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board Meeting @ City Hall
7PM A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Golden High School
7:30PM HAIR @ Miners Alley Playhouse


Live Music

5-8PM Marty Nightengale @ Golden Mill
5-8PM Under Two Tables @ Goosetown Station
5PM Josh Blackburn @ Wrigley’s
5;30PM Project X @ Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
5:30PM John Evans @ Over Yonder

6-9PM Chris Koza @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage)
6-9PM Chain Station @ New Terrain Brewing
6:30-8:30PM Elise Falkenstein @ Tributary Food Hall
8PM Karaoke @ Rock Rest Lodge

Golden History Moment

In many ways, mobile homes are the idea solution to the affordable housing crisis. They are reasonably priced and reasonably sized, they offer privacy and home ownership, and they use land efficiently. The drawback is that mobile home owners rent the property beneath their homes, and that leaves them vulnerable to rent increases. This situation isn’t new.

Golden Transcript – September 22, 1981 – enlarge

41 Years Ago
The September 22, 1981 Golden Transcript reported that “Mobile owners have freedoms—and problems.” The article said there were 1,700 mobile homes in Jefferson County–1,300 of them in Golden and Pleasant View. The newspaper interviewed several residents. They said they liked the location and their neighbors, but were concerned about the rising costs.

“Melvin Davis, 66, has lived in a mobile home at Mountain Side Mobile Estates in Pleasant View for 14 years. He is concerned about the rising cost of renting land in a mobile home park in Jefferson County and the unavailability of spaces.” He said the area needed more mobile home parks, because if a resident was dissatisfied with the place he was living, he needed alternatives.

Mrs. Sheldon Heath and her husband had recently moved to Golden Terrace Village, in anticipation of her husband’s retirement. She was concerned about the rental rates. They wanted to buy land and put their home there, but county zoning didn’t allow it.

Don Devore, state director of the non-profit Rocky Mountain Mobile Home Owners League, said “Under current law the landlord is the total government of the (mobile home) community, just like a king in a feudal kingdom.”

Golden Mobile Home Parks – enlarge

This conversation is still going on, 41 years later. The Golden Hills Mobile Home Park was recently sold to a California-based company. Within a year, residents found that their rent had increased 50%. Residents of the park have tried several times to buy the park, but lost out to the California company.

Golden Transcript – September 22, 1981
Denver Post – December 17, 2021
Golden United – April 12, 2022
Golden Transcript – July 11, 2022
Rocky Mountain PBS – July 22, 2022

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!