80 New Cases in Golden, A Baking Show, a Toy Drive, and Vaccine Memories

November 24, 2020

Golden Eye Candy – Jesse Crock – Sunset in Golden – click to enlarge

Coronavirus/COVID-19


Jefferson County is at Level Red, “Severe Risk.” Learn more….

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

Here’s the most recent Coronavirus report from Jeffco Public Health’s Case Summary Page:

Cases in Jeffco – Thurs: 16,498 | Mon: 18,197 (+1699)
Deaths in Jeffco –
Thurs: 405 | Mon: 425 (+20)
Ever Hospitalized in Jeffco –
Thurs: 1,063 | Mon: 1,126 (currently 172) (+63)
Recovered –
Thurs: 11,565 | Mon: 13,173 (+1608)
Known Cases in Golden –
Thurs: 564 | Mon: 644 (+80)

Mines COVID Testing | Jeffco Fairgrounds COVID Testing
School of Mines COVID-19 case page. | Masks are required.
City and County fire restrictions | Sign up for exposure notifications.


7:30AM Coffee Connections with the Golden Chamber
10:15AM Toddler Time with the Library
2PM History in the Baking: Thanksgiving Traditions with the Golden History Museum
6PM Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
Members of the Planning Commission will join MTAB members to discuss the bicycle and pedestrian aspects of the Transportation Master Plan. MTAB will also discuss a traffic calming ordinance.


Help Golden Families

Want to help some Golden families with holiday shopping needs? Consider contributing a toy (or two) to The Miracle Shop. Here’s how their website describes their process:

The Miracle Shop, a project of the Rotary Club of Golden, is an annual holiday popup store in Golden, Colorado. This store allows financially struggling parents the ability to shop for new and quality toys at garage sale prices. In fact, each shopper decides what he/she can afford to pay….

The Miracle Shop has been hugely successful. Adjusted pricing allows a population of underserved adults to purchase items they normally wouldn’t be able to afford, and more importantly, it creates dignity. There is no handout but, instead, a varied shopping experience. Popularity has grown, evidence that this works. Learn more….

Rotarians will be stationed in Parfet Park on Saturday, December 5th, from 10AM-4PM to collect toy contributions.


News for Golden Schools and Non-Profits

The Golden Civic Foundation is now accepting grant applications from Golden-based schools and non-profits for their 2021 grant distribution. Applications are due by December 31st. Learn more and apply….


Golden History Moment

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Colorado Transcript – April 7, 1955

In 1955, Golden parents were relieved and excited: an effective vaccine had finally been developed to prevent infantile paralysis (polio). Mass immunizations of school children were scheduled, beginning with 5-9 year olds. On April 26, 1955, 320 Golden kids were immunized at the Central School (later called Mitchell Elementary). The Salk vaccine required a series of 3 shots, and drug companies struggled to keep up with the demand.

Councilor Paul Haseman remembers being part of an early test group, as a 4th grader in 1955:

“Today there are hopeful celebrations pending for several promising Covid vaccines to prevent the disease. The quick time line for their development – nine months – often draws comparisons to other vaccines such as the Salk polio vaccine, whose development took Jonas Salk over two years. But that polio vaccine like the promising Covid vaccine needed to be tested and that’s where this story starts.

“In early 1955, the Salk polio vaccine was nearly ready for mass use to overcome this terrible disease. Where better to test the vaccine than at an elementary school on an Army base – Ft Belvoir, VA, just short miles from the National Institute of Health outside Washington, D.C. And the chosen grade for this final “beta” trial was the Fourth Grade . . . my grade. The doctors, of course, did not consult with us fourth graders but most likely consultations were had with our parents. However, all of us in Miss Deems’ class had no idea until we were lined up in the hall and proceeded single file to the principal’s office. There we were told for the first time that we were all going to get shots. OH!! But, no howling and wailing. After all we were all Army brats and did what we were told. So, easy-peasy we went in the one door, got a shot in the arm and then out the “back” door into the hallway. But there’s more . . .

“Our good behavior was rewarded by a lollipop – a big lollipop. So, as I stood in the hallway, I said to myself, “One shot, one lollipop. Two shots, two lollipops.” Back in line goes I and sure enough, no one noticed and I had my other lollipop. Back to class we went and I could not keep from flashing my two lollipops leading Anna Belle (a wonderful singer) to rat me out to Miss Deems. She came over to me with a scowl and asked how I got two lollipops and I said, “Well, I got two shots, so I got two lollipops.”

Rut roh! I was frog-marched in Miss Deems firm grip back to the principal’s office. The principal slapped his forehead in dismay and three doctors in white coats entered into animated conversations as they did rapid calculations on their slide rules (no hand calculators in 1955). I was placed in solitary confinement in the library and, you guessed it, they called my mother. Oh, no! Anything but that! Soon the library door flew open and there she was, hands on hips with her forbidding “mother stare.”

“Apparently, her entrance was preceded by dialog with the doctors, who told her to “keep an eye on things.” Needless to say, I was whisked home and sent to my room. That evening, I overheard her relate to my father her strongly worded dialog with the doctors, indicating that future trials should involve checking the names of the injectees. Oh, and I got to keep both lollipops.

“Polio was conquered in the US by Jonas Salk and later by Albert Sabin’s oral vaccine. Rotary International invests millions each year as their primary project to eradicate polio in the last two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

Waiting for Stats, Easy Links to Carryout, and Jailing Hogs, Shoats, and Pigs

November 23, 2020

Golden Eye Candy – Chris Davell – A Good Day to Play in the Creek – click to enlarge

Coronavirus/COVID-19


Jefferson County is at Level Red, “Severe Risk.” Learn more….

Jefferson County Public Health’s COVID Stats will be updated this afternoon.

Mines COVID Testing | Jeffco Fairgrounds COVID Testing | School of Mines COVID-19 case page. | Masks are required. | City and County fire restrictions are in place. | Sign up for exposure notifications.


Virtual Golden

6-6:55AM Virtual Dynamic Circuit
8:30-9:30AM Virtual Power Training
10AM Suicide Prevention Training
10:15AM Spanish Story Time with the Library


Real World Golden

10AM-5PM Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center – reserve a time


Golden Business News

Golden’s restaurants are in a bad situation: current public health restrictions prevent them from serving enough customers to stay financially afloat. You can help them by ordering take-out food.

To help you do that, we’ve added menu links to our Dining page. These will take you directly to the restaurants’ menus.

A few of our restaurants are temporarily closed, and we’ve “grayed them out.” When they reopen, we’ll put them back in regular black type.

Get some take out tonight!


Golden History Moment


Anthony Tripp Feeding His Hog – Golden History Museum – click to enlarge

The Genesis of Golden’s Police Force
Golden was settled in 1859, but wasn’t incorporated until January of 1871. The governing body of the nascent town was called the Board of Trustees (rather than City Council) and the leader of that Board was the President (rather than Mayor).

The first Ordinance that this new Board approved (in January of 1871) concerned liquor licenses. A liquor license cost $50 and was good for three months. A beer license cost $25 and was likewise good for 3 months at a time.

The second Ordinance concerned loose livestock: “all hogs, shoats and pigs running at large within the Town of Golden are hereby severally declared to be nuisances, and any person being the owner of any such animals, who shall suffer the same to run or be at large or to be found at large, shall, be deemed the author of a nuisance and shall on conviction , be fined in a sum not less than two nor more than twenty dollars in each case.”

Now here’s where Golden’s law enforcement agency is created: “It is hereby made the duty of the Town Constable to take up and confine in a secure pen, pound, or other place to be by him provided for that purpose every hog, shoat or pig found running at large within said Town of Golden.” The Constable was assigned to keep the animals confined until the owner claimed them and paid a fine. If no owner claimed an animal, the Constable was to sell it and provide the money to the Town.

The Town’s third ordinance called for the Constable to arrest anyone in a state of public intoxication.

That early Board of Trustees gave much more attention to loose “hogs, shoats and pigs” than it gave to drunkenness or other crimes. We must have had quite an infestation of livestock.


Many 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!

Free COVID Testing Available in Golden and the St. Joseph’s Saga

November 22, 2020

Golden Eye Candy – Late Fall – click to enlarge

Coronavirus/COVID-19


Jefferson County is at Level Red, “Severe Risk.” Learn more….

Jefferson County Public Health’s website says that the state’s reporting system is down and Jeffco’s stats will not be updated until Monday.

Golden residents have access to two new free, local testing sites.

The School of Mines testing site requires advanced reservations and is open Monday-Friday 7-10AM and 3-5PM; Saturdays 7AM-noon.

The Jeffco Fairgrounds testing site accepts reservations and also welcomes walk-ins. Monday/Weds/Fri 7AM-noon; Tues/Thurs 2-8PM; Sat/Sun 8AM-2PM.

School of Mines COVID-19 case page. | Masks are required. | City and County fire restrictions are in place. | Sign up for exposure notifications.


Virtual Golden

The following Golden churches have information about virtual services and/or sermons on their websites:

Calvary Episcopal Church | Faith Lutheran Church | First United Methodist Church | First Presbyterian Church | Flatirons Community Church | Golden Church of Christ | Golden Presbyterian Church | Hillside Community Church | Jefferson Unitarian Church | Rockland Community Church | St. Joseph Catholic Church


Real World Golden

9AM-2PM Brunch at the Rose
12-5PM Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center – reserve a time


Monday Preview

10AM Suicide Prevention Training


Golden History Moment


The 1899 St. Joseph’s Church with a Denver & Intermountain trolley car at 14th and Ford Streets – click to enlarge

St. Joseph’s Catholic church is in its fourth home in Golden. The parish is as old as the town itself: in 1859, Father Machebeuf purchased a piece of land at 14th and Ford Streets. By 1867, the few Catholics in Golden at that time were able to build their first church.


The 1867 frame church, with the 1899 building under construction behind it – click to enlarge

As the town grew, the number of Catholics increased, and by they 1890s they needed a larger church. In 1899, they laid the cornerstone for the brick church that stood at the corner of 14th and East Streets.


The 1958 “Basement Church” at 1401 East Street (map) – from the May 21, 1959 Colorado Transcript

After World War II, Golden’s population exploded, and the parish needed still more room. They built a “basement church” just across East Street from the red brick structure. This was a common construction technique at the time: they would dig a basement and build a foundation that could support future above-ground stories.

The parishioners used both the new and old churches for a few years, and also built a steel parish hall next to the brick building. By the 1980s, they were ready for a newer, bigger, more modern church with sufficient parking. As it happened, they already owned a large piece of land on the south end of town.

In 1873, when the City of Golden established the current cemetery on Ulysses Street, St. Joseph’s parish purchased land north of the City’s plot to serve as the Catholic cemetery. However, the Denver Archdiocese established Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery (map) in 1892, and thereafter most of Golden’s Catholics were interred there.


Photo from the September 24, 1964 Colorado Transcript

In 1964, fifty-three bodies were exhumed from the original Catholic cemetery and moved to Mt. Olivet. In the 1980s, the parish built their new church on the former cemetery land.


The 1986 St. Joseph’s church (map) – photo from the parish website

The 1899 red brick church on 14th St. was purchased by Coors and in 1973, they demolished the building to build their visitors parking lot. In later years, Coors bought the basement church and turned that into an employee parking lot.


The “ghost” of the 1899 Catholic church in the Coors visitor parking lot on 14th Street, between Ford and East Streets – click to enlarge

Many 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!