More Vaccines, More Construction, and More Switchboard Operators

March 3, 2021

Golden Eye Candy – Chris Davell – Surfing Safari in March – click to enlarge

COVID Updates

23.2%

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

STARTING THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 5TH, Coloradans age 60 to 64, people with two or more chronic health conditions and grocery store and agricultural processing workers will be eligible for vaccinations.

Appointments to Get the COVID Vaccine (Eligibility)
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.

Golden Testing Sites
Mines COVID Testing | Jeffco Fairgrounds COVID Testing


Visit the Jeffco Public Health website for information about Level Blue

Jefferson County Case Summary:
Cases in Jeffco – Mon: 37,348 | Tues: 37,411 (+63)
Deaths in Jeffco –
Mon: 759 | Tues: 763 (+4)
Currently Hospitalized in Jeffco –
Mon: 42| Tues: 32 (-10)
Known Cases in Golden –
Thurs: 1500 | Mon: 1511
Recovered –
Mon: 35,675 | Tues: 37,785 (+110)

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

8:30-9:30AM Virtual Power Training
10-10:30AM TriceraTOTs – Fizzy Eggs
10:15-10:45AM Baby Time with the Library
11:30AM-1PM Community Development Committee meeting
3-5PM Hard Times Writing Workshop
5:30-7PM Golden Orators Toastmasters

6:30PM Planning Commission Meeting
Planning Commission will consider three cases tonight and discuss future sustainability requirements.

Before and After pictures of 912 12th St.

912 12th St. requesting a tier 2 height bonus to build a rooftop deck

The case at 912 12th Street was considered by the Historic Preservation Board on Monday night. They decided that the proposed rooftop deck addition was appropriate for the 12th St. Historic District. Tonight, the Planning Commission will decide whether to grant a “Tier 2 Bonus,” which would allow the building to exceed the allowable height for that area. In order to get that bonus, the owner needs to provide either affordable housing or improved energy efficiency. This owner will be upgrading the building’s energy efficiency.


Plan to build two new duplexes at 5th and Arapahoe Streets – click to enlarge

The second case concerns 510 Arapahoe Street, where the owners plan to build two new duplexes (so four new residential units).

The third case is the preliminary plat for the Overlook project, where the owners want to build a self-storage and personal warehouse project.

Finally, the Planning Commission will discuss strengthening sustainability requirements for new construction and significant remodels. Over time, industry standards have led to increasingly energy efficient construction, and things that used to be considered extra-sustainable are now considered minimal. The Sustainability Board and Planning Commission want to raise the bar for new construction in Golden.

To learn more about any of these issues, review the meeting packet.


Golden History Moment

72 Years Ago
Golden’s population was exploding in 1949. The town was filling up with returning GIs attending the School of Mines on the GI Bill. To accommodate the growing population, real estate developers were gearing up to build batches of small houses that qualified for VA financing. The campus and many yards in town contained mobile homes. In response to the surge in population, crammed in wherever they could fit, the community was developing its first zoning code.

In 1949, the town regularly experienced critical water shortages–especially during winter months, when the pipes from the mountain reservoirs often froze solid. We were also sending untreated sewage into Clear Creek and downstream users were threatening to sue us.

The town’s infrastructure required continual upgrades, and that included the telephone system, as shown in the photos below. Telephones didn’t have dials at that time, so all calls required an operator. Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph was kept busy bringing more lines to town and hiring more switchboard operators.


The ever-expanding switchboards of 1949 – Colorado Transcript, March 3, 1949 – click to enlarge

…and the constant need for new circuits. Note that wide-open view along South Golden Road! – 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!

Continued Progress on Vaccines, Drought, Work Plans, and the WPA Quarries

March 2, 2021

Golden Eye Candy – Karen Oxman – Glamorous Cape – click to enlarge

COVID Updates

22.6%

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

STARTING THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 5TH, Coloradans age 60 to 64, people with two or more chronic health conditions and grocery store and agricultural processing workers will be eligible for vaccinations.

Appointments to Get the COVID Vaccine (Eligibility)
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.

Golden Testing Sites
Mines COVID Testing | Jeffco Fairgrounds COVID Testing



Visit the Jeffco Public Health website for information about Level Blue

Jefferson County Case Summary:
Cases in Jeffco – Fri: 37,130 | Mon: 37,348 (+218)
Deaths in Jeffco –
Fri: 755 | Mon: 759 (+4)
Currently Hospitalized in Jeffco –
Fri: 36| Mon: 42 (+6)
Known Cases in Golden –
Thurs: 1500 | Mon: 1511 (+11)
Recovered –
Fri: 35,442 | Mon: 35,675 (+233)

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

10:15AM Toddler Time with the Library
6-7PM Recursos Digitales
6-7PM COVID-19 Vaccine Q& A
6-7:30PM Let’s Talk – Historical Fiction

6:30PM City Council Regular Business Meeting
City Council will have a brief business meeting tonight. They will read two proclamations–one for National Read Across America Day, and one for International Women’s Day. The City Manager will provide an update on the City’s response to COVID.

This will be followed by a study session. The Deputy Public Works Director will update council on drought conditions. After that, they will meet briefly with the chairs of each of the boards and commissions to review the 2021 Work Plan for each.

Sustainability
Economic Development
Historic Preservation
Mobility and Transportation
Parks Recreation and Museums
Planning
Public Arts
Downtown Development
Golden Urban Renewal Authority
Investment Advisory Committee
Volunteer Firefighter Pension Board


Golden History Moment


1937 Tent City transient camp at Camp George West where quarry workers lived, from Golden History Museum. – click to enlarge

South Table Mountain, the WPA, and Camp George West
by Guest Historian Donna Anderson

The year was 1933: unemployment in Colorado was about 25%. In May 1933, the U.S. Government started the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA). FERA matched 1 dollar of federal funds with 3 dollars of state and local money to set up projects to employ men. Colorado was in the first group of 7 states to receive FERA aid, and as such was a magnet for the unemployed. Camp George West operated a transient camp beginning August 1934 housing 200 to 500 homeless men, all in need of work. Camp workers repaired and renovated buildings on the post, and constructed the pillar fence along South Golden Road and an amphitheater* on the south side of South Table Mountain. Employing 350 men at startup, four basalt quarries on the east side of South Table Mountain provided building material.


Location of the WPA Quarries – click to enlarge

In 1935 the Works Progress Administration (WPA) replaced FERA. Some FERA projects were transferred, including the large basalt quarry operations on South Table Mountain. Basalt quarry-stone was used to construct new buildings at Camp George West, as well as for rip-rap to line the Cherry Creek and South Platte River channel-banks in Denver. By 1936, the City and County of Denver Improvements and Parks Department became a key customer of quarried basalt, because the crushed stone made excellent road mix (aka paving material). By 1937, 200 trucks a day hauled crushed basalt from South Table Mountain to various projects across the Denver area. One of the nearby WPA projects was construction of Alameda Parkway across Dinosaur Ridge to Red Rocks Park In 1937. Crushed basalt from South Table Mountain was used to pave the new road. Today, an historic marker and a basalt boulder stand as testimony to that effort at the southeast corner of County Road 93 (aka Hogback Road) and Alameda Parkway on the west side of Dinosaur Ridge.


Drill-hole patterns from 1960s rock testing in Quarry 2 on South Table Mountain. – click to enlarge

In 1938, the City and County of Denver took over quarry operations, which mostly ended in World War II. However, in 1948-49 the quarries supplied rip-rap for Cherry Creek Dam. Quarry 4 became a Gun Club in the 1950s. In the 1960s, quarries 1 and 2 served as a rock-mechanics test-site operated by the Gardner-Denver Company, leaving behind myriads of hole patterns in the quarry faces. Today, the former WPA quarries are mostly in private ownership adjacent to Jefferson County Open Space and State Lands.

*The amphitheater was so popular with rattlesnakes that it never made it as a human venue.

Sources:
Butler, W. B., 1992, Archeological survey of Camp George West and the Works Progress Administration, South Table Mountain Basalt Quarries, Jefferson County, Colorado.
National Park Service Register of Historic Places, Camp George West Historic District
ESRI-Online world imagery for the basemap.


Guest Columnist Donna Anderson and Paul Haseman are writing a book called “Golden Rocks!” about the geology and mining history of Golden, to be completed sometime this year (delayed due to COVID!)

Changes in Historic Districts, Camp George West, and March Preview

March 1, 2021

Golden Eye Candy – Chris Davell – Snow on the Settling Pond – click to enlarge

COVID Updates

Appointments to Get the COVID Vaccine (Eligibility)
State of Colorado’s Find Out Where You Can Get Vaccinated page | Safeway | King Soopers | Lutheran Medical Center

hotline number:187726829853

The state has a new hotline to answer questions, including location of vaccine providers: 1-877-268-2926. It is staffed 24 hours a day.

Public Health References
Mines COVID Testing | Jeffco Fairgrounds COVID Testing | School of Mines COVID-19 case page. | Sign up for exposure notifications | CDC | Colorado | Jefferson County | City of Golden | Visit the Jeffco Public Health website for information about Level Blue


Virtual Events

6-6:55AM Virtual Dynamic Circuit
8:30-9:30AM Virtual Power Training
10:15AM Spanish Story Time with the Library
11:45AM All Levels Yoga Virtual
2-3PM Active Minds Mondays
4-4:30PM Kids Martial Arts Class
4-5PM Recursos Digitales
5-6PM Young Readers Book Club

6:30PM Historic Preservation Board Meeting
The HPB will consider two requests for “Certificates of Appropriateness.” Both cases concern non-contributing structures located in historic districts.

Before and After pictures of 912  12th St.

912 12th Street with access to roof deck.

912 12th Street (map) includes commercial space on the ground floor and office and residential space on the second floor. The owners plan to add a structure on the roof which will provide roof access from the residential section of the building.

1120 9th St. with rebuilt front section

1120 9th Street (map) is a single story 1890 house with a large modern addition behind it. The owners plan to demolish the original part of the house, which they say has no foundation and significant wood damage, and replace it with a modern structure of similar design. Part of the new structure will have a second story.


Golden History Moment

For those of you who don’t check email over the weekend, on Saturday I wrote about an allegedly pandemic-inspired fire at the high school and on Sunday I wrote about the old swimming pool under the Buffalo Rose.


Camp George West – Golden History Museum Collection – click to enlarge

59 Years Ago
The March 1, 1962 Colorado Transcript described the history of the National Guard Camp on South Golden Road. The article quoted Transcript founder George West’s grandson, Neil West Kimball. He recalled that area as “wide open space ‘just right for an exciting Sunday holiday.’ On such an occasion there were horse-drawn caravans, wagons piled high with yelping dogs and their owners, shrieking children of all ages and kegs of Coors beer heading out of town on the South Golden Road.” He said that greyhound racing was popular at the time, and people would gather there to watch the races.

The area was later used by a rifle club, which constructed a rifle range and used South Table Mountain as their backdrop. In 1903, the rifle club sold their land to the State, which established the State Rifle Range.

After Pancho Villa‘s incursion into New Mexico in 1916, the Colorado Guard, which was based at the Rifle Range, was sent to help guard the U.S. border. Shortly after they returned from that duty, World War I began. The camp was expanded during that war and became home to a tank unit. The tanks were sent to Pueblo in 1921, to help them recover from a flood by rescuing stranded vehicles and razing flood-damaged buildings. The tanks were also used to quell miners during the coal strikes of the 1920s. During World War II the camp was used to train military police and canine units.


Colorado Transcript Founder George West, Son Harley West, and Grandson Neil West Kimball – from the Golden History Museum collection – Click to enlarge

George West was one of Golden’s earliest settlers, arriving here in June of 1859. He established our first newspaper, the Western Mountaineer, but closed it after a year and left to serve as a Captain during the Civil War. After the war, he returned to Golden and started the Colorado Transcript in 1866. During the Plains Indian Wars, he served as the Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard.

George West died in 1906, but his grandson Neil later served in the same role–as Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard. During his tenure in that role (in the 1930s), the camp was renamed in honor of his grandfather. Since that time, it has been known as “Camp George West.”


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!


Preview of March Events

Note – All events are virtual unless otherwise noted

Recurring Events:

Mondays 
6-6:55AM Virtual Dynamic Circuit
8:30-9:30AM Virtual Power Training
10:15AM Spanish Story Time with the Library
11:45AM All Levels Yoga Virtual
2-3PM Active Minds Mondays
4-4:30PM Kids Martial Arts Class
4-5PM Recursos Digitales
5-6PM Young Readers Book Club

Tuesdays
10:15AM Toddler Time with the Library
6-7PM Recursos Digitales

Wednesdays  
8:30-9:30AM Virtual Power Training
10:15AM Baby Time with the Library
3-5PM Hard Times Writing Workshop

Thursdays
10AM Mid-Morning Meditation
10:15AM Preschool Time with the Library
3PM Hard Times Writing Workshop
6-7PM Qs and Brews Trivia

Friday 
10:30-11:15AM Play and Learn with the Library
10:30-11AM Mental Fitness Fridays
4-5PM Friday Crafternoons
6-6:55AM Virtual HIIT
8:30-9:30AM Virtual Power Training

Saturday 
11AM-2PM Brunch at the Rose

Sunday
10AM Wild West Walking Tour
11AM-2PM Brunch at the Rose
Online Worship:
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

March Calendar

1
Historic Preservation Board Meeting
2
Hexie Ladies @ Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Let’s Talk – Historical Fiction
City Council Regular Business Meeting
3
TriceraTOTs – Fizzy Eggs
Community Development Committee meeting
Planning Commission Meeting
4
Jeffco Free Legal Clinic
Public Art Commission Meeting
Microsoft Word Basics
Everything Dinosaur Talk – What IS a Dinosaur?
Golden Moon Speakeasy’s 7th Anniversary Party! @ Golden Moon Speakeasy
Goosetown Station Opening Weekend
Golden United Housing Task Force Meeting
Preguntas y Respuestas sobre la Vacuna de COVID-19
Dinner-Worthy  Apps & Cocktails
5
Morning StART with Christina Morrison
Goosetown Station Opening Weekend
6
Coffee with Councilors
Walk with a Geologist @ Dinosaur Ridge
Dungeons & Dragons with the Library
Goosetown Station Opening Weekend
7
SAT Prep Workshop – Math
8
Stitch’n B*tch @ Golden Quilt Company
GURA Board Meeting
9
Chow Down for the Coyotes @ Mannie & Bo’s Pizza
VIBE@Five
GHS PTA Meeting
QSS: Nature Photography
10
Beginning Piecing
Golden Safety Academy
Golden Anti-Racism Collective General Meeting
11
Everything Dinosaur Talk – What IS a Dinosaur?
Economic Development Commission Meeting
13
Wild West Walking Tour
14
SAT Prep Workshop – Proctored Official Practice Exam
15
Downtown Development Authority Meeting
16
Golden Merchants Meeting
Zoom into Watercolor with Janet Nunn
Local Licensing Authority Meeting
Denver New and Prospective Member Orientation (Colorado Mountain Club)
Dean Waits – Zoom Tour of Western Canyons and Ruins
17
Citizen Budget Advisory Committee Meeting
Golden Women in Business Book Club
TriceraTOTs – Dino in a Jar
“We Just Did It”:  Colorado Women in World War II
Planning Commission Study Session
Miners Alley Playhouse Quarantine Cabaret
18
Golden Young Professionals Monthly Membership Meeting
Microsoft Word – Beyond the Basics
Everything Dinosaur Talk – Sauropods
BAM! Discussion Group
Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board Meeting
20
Wild West Walking Tour
23
Zoom into Watercolor with Janet Nunn
City Council Regular Business Meeting
24
Beginning Quilting @ Golden Quilt Company
Community Sustainability Advisory Board
Golden Anti-Racism Collective General Meeting
25
Advanced Microsoft Excel:  Formulas & Functions
Everything Dinosaur Talk – Theropods
Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
Herbal Chocolate Truffles & Chocolate Bark
26
Pet Show and Tell
27
Wild West Walking Tour
Color & Composition with Lea McComas
Walk With a Geologist @ Dinosaur Ridge
30
Zoom into Watercolor with Janet Nunn
31
Miners Alley Playhouse Quarantine Cabaret