Council Discusses How to Handle Pot Sales and Creek Crowds, Miners Alley Invites You to Enjoy a Comedy for Free

January 18, 2022

Golden Eye Candy – Richard Luckin – Orange Morning on the Creek – click to enlarge

Virtual Events

9-9:55AM Silver Sneakers Classic
6:30PM City Council Study Session @ City Hall
5:30-6:25PM HIIT & Sculpt

6:30PM City Council Study Session @ City Hall
Tonight’s study session will include the following topics: Small Cell Technology in Rights-of-Way Update, Community Wildfire Protection, Retail Marijuana Implementation, Clear Creek Subcommittee Proposed 2022 Work Plan, and the Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) Action Plan.

Council will be discussing how to implement recreational marijuana sales tonight. Staff has provided a list of issues that they may want to consider. If you have opinions on any of the following, contact your council representatives either individually or all at once at .

• Should there be a numerical limit on number of locations?
• Should the licensed locations be dispersed in the community or concentrated in designated areas?
• If not limited to specific areas , what spacing requirements should apply-Schools, Day Care, Parks, other marijuana locations?
• Should the use be specifically prohibited in downtown Golden?
• Should the City allow the one existing medical location to add recreational as part of the ordinance as opposed to competing for the license?
• Should the City impose potency limits or limits on the range of products offered in such locations?
• Co-location of medical and recreational at additional locations?
• Signage limits
• Hours of Operation limitations
• Initial application review… first come first served or merit, or hybrid lottery or what?
• Internal review committee to evaluate applications
• Ability to hold licenses for multiple locations (in the City or total?)
• Social Equity as criteria in License approval
• Transferability of License
• Should the City allow drive up/ walk up window sales?
• Should the City consider allowing delivery?

Real World Events

8-9AM What’s Brewing in Golden @ Golden Visitors Center
9-10AM Women’s Exercise and Bible Study @ First United Methodist Church
9:15-9:45AM Baby Time @ Golden Library
10-11AM Story Time and Craft @ Colorado Railroad Museum
10:15-10:45AM Preschool Time @ Golden Library – WAITLIST
11AM-12:30PM Golden Community Table @ First United Methodist Church
1-3PM Crazy Quilt Sisters @ Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
4:30-5:30PM Teen Advisory Board @ Golden Library
6-8PM Toad Trivia Tuesdays @ Mountain Toad Brewing
7PM Trivia Night @ the Ace

6:30-8:30PM Team Trivia Tuesdays @ Buffalo Rose

An Invitation from Miners Alley Playhouse

“Moon Over Buffalo packs more comic genius onto the stage than anything in recent memory!” – USA Today

Miners Alley will be opening a very funny play next week–Moon Over Buffalo–and they need volunteer ushers!

Miners Alley Playhouse is a small Professional Theatre in the heart of Golden, Colorado. As a non-profit venue, we rely on a friendly, dependable volunteer base to help us thrive as a vibrant part of the Golden community. We would love to have you join us as a Miners Alley Volunteer! If you love live theater and want the opportunity to see quality live theatre for free as a Volunteer Usher, please contact me:

Mary Jo Calandriello, Director of Volunteer Services

Learn more about volunteering at Miners Alley….

Golden History Moment

“Pretty Golden Homes,” as shown in the Colorado Transcript, 1905 and 1906 – click to enlarge

In 1905 and 1906, the Transcript ran a series of articles titled “Pretty Golden Homes.” Each one included a photo and some information about a house and the family that lived there. Unfortunately, most of the scanned images are of poor quality, but the articles are interesting. Some of the houses are still around.

The 1905 Rhoads House – Colorado Transcript – December 18, 1906 – click to enlarge

116 Years Ago
The January 18, 1906 Colorado Transcript featured the new house at 14th and Washington, home of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Rhoads. The article reported that Mr. Rhoads had designed the house and done all the carpentry work himself. It described the masonry as “purple Golden pressed brick.”

Golden Pet Shop, Circa 1979 – click to enlarge

In 1949, Herb Schloffman opened a pet shop in the home, and in 1957 he built an addition on the Washington Avenue side, to give the business a more traditional storefront.

1323 Washington Avenue (map) – Google Street Images – click to enlarge

The pet shop operated there for about 50 years, followed by the goldsmith, Gene Bauer. The 1905 residence is still easily recognizable behind the storefront.

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!

Full Moon, New Exhibits, Quilt Sale, and a Changing Block

January 17, 2022

Golden Eye Candy – Joyce Davell – Waxing Moon Over South Table Mountain – click to enlarge

The moon will be full tonight. It will rise at 4:43PM this afternoon and set at 8:08 tomorrow morning.

Virtual Events

6-6:55AM Virtual Dynamic Circuit
8:30-9:30AM Virtual Power Training
11-11:55AM Find Your Balance
1-3PM Zoom into Watercolor with Janet Nunn
5:30-6:30PM Step Circuit

Real World Events

6-9PM Golden Game Guild Meet-Up Mondays @ Golden Game Guild

News from the Quilt Museum

The Quilt Museum has been closed for the past week for painting, cleaning, inventory, etc. They’re reopening today with two new exhibits: Men’s 16th Biennial Exhibit and Maynard Westlake Solo Exhibit.

They’re also running a sale in the gift shop: 30% off all quilting kits, pre-cut bundles, select fabric & books.

Golden History Moment

59 Years Ago
The Adolph Coors Co. has purchased most of the Golden city block from 12th to 13th Sts. between Ford and East Sts.
Colorado Transcript
– January 17, 1963

Stevinson Chevrolet on Ford Street, between 12th and 13th

The seller was the Steve Frederick Chevrolet Co. Frederick had recently sold his dealership to Chuck Stevinson, but Coors had no immediate plans to occupy the property, so Stevinson continued to operate on Ford Street until about 1970.

Excerpt from the 1919 Sanborn Fire Map of Golden – click to enlarge

Prior to the Chevy dealership, that block had held a lumberyard and three houses.

Google satellite image above and view from Castle Rock below – click to enlarge

Still earlier, the Cambria Brick and Tile Works had been in that vicinity.

Excerpt from the 1882 Birdseye View Map of Golden – click to enlarge

Don’t you just love old maps?

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!

Lights, Cowboys, Textiles, Music, and the Street that Didn’t Happen

January 16, 2022

Golden Eye Candy – Nancy Bureson – Holiday Lights (Still Up!) – click to enlarge

Real World Events

10AM-3PM Brunch at the Rose @ Buffalo Rose
10AM Colorado Cowboy Gathering – Learn to Play Harmonica @ American Mountaineering Center
1PM Colorado Cowboy Gathering – Sunday Martinee @ American Mountaineering Center
Carol Heuchan, Jean Prescott, Andy Nelson, Susie Knight, Gary Allegretto

2:30-4:30PM Textile Society @ Golden Library

Live Music

2-5PM Sturtz @ Golden Mill
4-7PM CW Wooten @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage)
8PM Karaoke @ Ace Hi Tavern

Golden History Moment

Open New Building Sites
Two bulldozers and a large dump truck are busily at work on a portion of South Table Mountain. They can be seen from some distance clinging to the steep side where they are building a road which will become South Belvedere Drive and which will serve as access to 15 or 16 lots to be called Belvedere Terrace. According to City Engineer, Vic Selferth, the property, owned by Dr. Robert Carpenter, 25 Mines Park, has been platted for some time. The site is now in the Phase Two step of construction. – Golden Transcript,
January 15, 1970

The January 15, 1970 Golden Transcript showed construction beginning on an extension to Belvedere Drive (map) on South Table Mountain. Developer Cliff Evans had originally planned to build much higher on the mountain, as shown in an advertisement from 1959:

Colorado Transcript – October 29, 1959 – click to enlarge

As planned, there would have been another street above Table Drive. However, as construction began, rocks began to fall and soil began to slip. Eventually, the City decided that the area was too unstable to support additional roads and houses. This turned out to be quite a break for the residents of Table Drive, as the land was eventually acquired by Jefferson County Open Space.

1959 Subdivision plan on the left, and Google Map on the right, with the unbuilt roads shown in pink – click to enlarge

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!