New Art, Edward Berthoud, and a Little Street

September 20, 2020

Jesse Crock finished this newest piece on Miners Alley yesterday! It’s behind the Harrison Block, which includes Creekside Jewelers, Avenue Vision, and Del’s Tonsorial. Click to enlarge.

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

JCPHD updates the Coronavirus statistics Monday through Friday at about 3 PM. The next update will be included in Tuesday’s post.


Virtual Golden

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

Calvary Episcopal ChurchGolden PresbyterianFaith Lutheran ChurchFirst United Methodist ChurchFirst Presbyterian ChurchFlatirons Community ChurchGolden Church of ChristHillside Community ChurchJefferson Unitarian ChurchRockland Community ChurchSt. Joseph Catholic Church

Virtual Golden Gallop – This is the last day to participate in the Golden Gallop…on your own time, at your own pace, in your own place.


Real World Golden

8AM-3:30PM Tree Limb Drop-Off
8:30-3PM Thomas the Tank Engine at the Railroad Museummust buy advance tickets
9AM-2PM Brunch at the Rose
11AM Wild West Pub Crawl Tour
5PM Wild West Walking Tour

Live Music:
3PM
 Boomers at Wrigley’s


Topical/Ephemeral Art


Chris Davell sent this picture of artwork-in-progress at the West 8th Street Apartments. Artist Reggie is making a beautiful chalk portrait of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday. Click to enlarge.

Golden History Moment


Edward Berthoud

Edward Berthoud was a well-known engineer in Golden’s pioneer years. He laid out many of the railways in Colorado, and had both a town (map) and a mountain pass (map) named after him.

He also laid out an early plat for the town of Golden. Since he was laying out streets that didn’t yet exist, he had the privilege of coming up with many of the street names. He named streets for his wife, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law.

If you read my meeting agenda previews, you may remember that Paul Haseman recently asked the Historic Preservation Board to honor “founding mother” Helen Berthoud by posting a plaque in her honor on Maple Street, which was called “Helen Street” on Berthoud’s original street grid.


Kate Street, shown on the 1895 Sanborn Fire Map – click to enlarge

Richard Gardener recently told me of another street named after one of Berthoud’s in-laws: Kate Street. Who was Kate? She was Berthoud’s niece, who was 4 years old at the time he laid out the streets.

Where was Kate Street? It’s now serving as a driveway beside the fire station on 10th Street. It’s not marked as a street, but according to Rick, it’s never officially been vacated. So Berthoud was naming a little street for a little girl.


1895 Map overlaid on Google satellite image – click to enlarge

Six New Cases, Endless Things to Do, and a Portable Building

September 19, 2020

Golden Eye Candy – Fall in Vanover Park – Click to enlarge

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

JCPHD updates these numbers Monday through Friday at about 3 PM. Here’s the most recent Coronavirus report from Jeffco Public Health’s Case Summary Page:

Cases in Jeffco – Thurs:5269 | Fri: 5310
Deaths in Jeffco –
Thurs: 247 | Fri: 247
Ever Hospitalized in Jeffco –
Thurs: 553 | Fri: 555 (currently 17)
Recovered –
Thurs: 4732 | Fri: 4755
Known Cases in Golden –
Thurs: 192 | Fri: 198

School of Mines COVID-19 case page. | Masks are required. | City and County fire restrictions are in place. | CLEAR CREEK IS NOW OPEN.


Real World Golden


Things to do in Golden today – click to enlarge

At your convenience:
Remember the Great Golden Trivia Race that the Chamber held last Saturday? The app is still live until 3PM today–so you can do it yourself, just for fun! Start by downloading the map. Then follow these directions from the Chamber:

  • First, our Trivia hunt utilizes an app that you can download onto your phone called Scavify. It is helpful to download it advance. Want to create your own competition? Then have others that you know download it too and you can compete against one another. Or, just challenge yourself to see how many points you can get. It is up to you! 
  • Once the app has been downloaded, you can find the trivia challenge. The name of the challenge is The Great Golden Trivia Race
  • Use the attached map to help you. It really does make a difference and makes the experience better if you use the map! The map has stars on it to show where clues are located. Using the map will help you know where to go and then you can try to figure out which clue on the app goes to which point on the map. 

Today and tomorrow are the last two days to do the Golden Gallop. Run or walk, do it any time you want, anywhere you want. Sign up here….

Scheduled Events:
10AM-5PM Golden Sidewalk Sale
8AM-3:30PM Tree Limb Drop-Off
8AM-1PM Golden Farmers Market
8:30-3PM Thomas the Tank Engine at the Railroad Museummust buy advance tickets
9AM-2PM Brunch at the Rose
9AM-1PM Visitors Center Parking Lot Sale and Food Drive
9-10AM Vinyasa Yoga in Lions Park with Gabriela Ferrat
9AM Walk with a Geologist at Dinosaur Ridge
10AM-4PM Local Artist Live Painting at Wings of Eagles (map)
10AM-2PM Homestead Open House at the Golden History Park
10AM-1PM Heart of Golden Walking Tour – City Staff will explain their plans for the corridor
11AM Wild West Pub Crawl Tour
12-9PM Oktoberfest at Holidaily Brewing
5PM Wild West Walking Tour
6:30-10PM Outdoor Movie at the Horse Protection League: Hidalgo

Live Music:
11AM Live Music at Golden Visitors Center
2PM Live Music at Golden Visitors Center
4PM Tripwire at Wrigley’s
6PM Shawn Nelson w/Rodney Coquia at Ace Hi Tavern
7PM Browning at Buffalo Rose


Golden History Moment


Quaintance Block from Google Maps – Click to enlarge

I’m sure you’ve noticed the lovely brick building at 805 13th Street. You may be surprised to learn that this isn’t its original location.


Armistice Day Celebration showing the Quaintance building at its original location on the corner – Golden History Museum collection – click to enlarge

It was constructed in 1911 at the corner of 13th and Washington. The photo above, taken on November 18th, 1918, shows the building at its original spot at the corner.


1960s photo showing the Quaintance building in its current location, west of the Conoco service station– Golden History Museum collectionclick to enlarge

In 1923, the building was moved west, to make way for a Conoco gas station at the corner of 13th and Washington.

Thanks to Preston Driggers for the research that uncovered these dates!

Revving Up for a Big Saturday

September 18, 2020

Golden Eye Candy – Riley, the Golden Gallop mascot with her running partner – click to enlarge

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

JCPHD updates these numbers Monday through Friday at about 3 PM. Here’s the most recent Coronavirus report from Jeffco Public Health’s Case Summary Page:

Cases in Jeffco – Weds: 5230 | Thurs: 5269
Deaths in Jeffco –
Weds: 247 | Thurs: 247
Ever Hospitalized in Jeffco –
Weds: 553 | Thurs: 553 (currently 15)
Recovered –
Weds: 4707 | Thurs: 4732
Known Cases in Golden –
Weds: 192 | Thurs: 192

School of Mines COVID-19 case page. | Masks are required. | City and County fire restrictions are in place. | CLEAR CREEK IS NOW OPEN.


Virtual Golden

6-6:55AM Virtual HIIT
9-10AM Virtual Power Training

10AM Public Art Commission Special Meeting – Virtual
The PAC will be considering the final designs for some new murals to be added to our public art collection.

Live Music
6PM Michael Morrow & The Culprits at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
6PM Kicked to the Curb at Wrigley’s
8PM The Trampolines at Buffalo Rose


Real Life Golden

11AM Yoga on Tap at New Terrain Brewing
1PM Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum – The Storybook Tour


The Golden Gallop

Have you done your 5K or 10K for the Golden Gallop yet? A friend and I are doing a 5K walk this afternoon. I’ve never done a race in my life, but walking at my own pace in a non-competitive environment sounds completely doable. Sign up, get a little exercise, and benefit the Golden Schools Foundation! Sunday is the last day to do it. Learn more and register….


Saturday Preview

There are so many things going on tomorrow that I thought I’d better provide some advanced warning. I’ll include the full list in the Saturday email (or you can check the calendar page now), but these are unusual events and you might want to plan for them:

8AM-3:30PM The City has a branch collection site set up, which will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8-3:30PM. Learn more….

9AM-1PM Several non-profits will have a “parking lot sale” tomorrow at the Visitors Center. The Christian Action Guild Food Bank will also be there doing a food drive. Their most wanted items are soup, crackers, pasta/rice meals, pasta sauce, peanut butter, cooking oil, condiments, personal items like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste…they will also accept cash donations. Leadership Golden will be there, so this is your chance to get the 2020 ornament (those generally sell out close to Christmas).

10AM-5PM Golden Sidewalk Sale downtown
The downtown merchants are having a sidewalk sale tomorrow. Check out the interesting merchandise at Avenue Gifts, Baby Does Clothing & Accessories, Blue Moose Trading Co., Bumps & Bundles Consignment and Maternity, Creekside Jewelers, Earth Sweet Botanicals, El Dorado, Golden Goods, Golden Poultry & Meats, Golden Puzzle Room, Golden River Sports, Goozell Yogurt & Coffee, Marrygrams Boutique, Oh Susanna Vintage Photo Parlor, Rewind, Toad&Co., Truly Bohotique, and Vital Outdoors!

10AM-1PM Heart of Golden 2020 Walking Tour
City Staff will be stationed at various spots along the Clear Creek corridor to describe some of their ideas for remodeling the Clear Creek Corridor. Plan to walk from the Coors office building at 311 10th Street to Lions Park. Learn more….

6:30-10PM Movie Night at the Horse Protection League
Plan to watch Hidalgo (with Viggo Mortenson) at the historic Churches Ranch. Buy tickets here….


Golden History Moment


Photo of a sidewalk sale from the August 19, 1965 Colorado Transcript – Click to enlarge

Sidewalk sales are a time-honored tradition in downtown Golden. The first reference I found was 1959–it was part of the festivities associated with Golden’s centennial celebration. Golden had sidewalk sales every year from 1959 through at least 1977–the last year for which Golden Transcripts are available online. Sometimes they were combined with flea markets or art sales.


2017 sidewalk sale – photos by Dave Powers – click to enlarge

Sidewalk sales have been more sporadic in recent years, but they’re always fun when they do happen.