Rocks, Trains, Pancakes, Art, Plays, a Dance, and Those Smart Coors Boys

May 21, 2022

Golden Eye Candy – Greg Poulos – An early columbine at the start of yesterday’s snow storm – enlarge

Real World Events

Kinney Run Bird Walks
This morning’s bird walk has been canceled because of the snow, but if you were signed up to do today’s walk, you are welcome to join them tomorrow morning. Send an email to if you would like to participate.

9:30AM-12PM Walk with a Geologist @ Dinosaur Ridge
10AM-3PM Brunch at the Rose @ Buffalo Rose
10AM-3PM Saturday Train Rides @ Colorado Railroad Museum
10:15AM Family Time @ Golden Library
11AM-3PM Spring Open House Weekend @ Avalanche Harley Davidson
12-1PM Paleo Pancakes @ Natural Grocers
1PM The Princess and the Pea @ Miners Alley Playhouse

2-5PM Meet the Artists: Robert Hyatt and Paul Corbitt @ Foothills Art Center

4-8PM Continental Divide Trail Coalition 10th Birthday Bash @ Golden Mill
7-9:30PM Golden Ghosts & Spirits Tour @ Goosetown Station
7:30PM Blue Ridge @ Miners Alley Playhouse

Live Music

11AM-2PM Southside Mike @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage)
1PM Maiden Denver @ Dirty Dogs Roadhouse

4-8PM Wylie “Crazy Horse” Jones @ Golden Mill
4PM Sound Bite @ Wrigley’s
5-8PM Wildfire Stampout @ Goosetown Station
6PM Rick Lewis Project @ Dirty Dogs Roadhouse

7-10PM Lionel Young Trio @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage)
7PM Buffalo Commons with Tara Rose and the Real Deal @ Columbine Cafe

8PM Homeslice Epic Dance Party @ Buffalo Rose (main venue)
9PM Karaoke @ Ace Hi Tavern

Golden History Moment

Photo of the Coors executives in 1952 – Golden History Museum collection
Front row (left to right) brothers Grover Coors, Herman Coors, and Adolph Coors II
Back row next-gen brothers William, Joseph, and Adolph III

91 Years Ago
The May 21, 1931 Colorado Transcript announced that Joe Coors, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Coors, Jr., was a valedictorian of his Junior High graduating class.

The South School at 14th and Cheyenne, where the Coors boys attended school through 8th grade – enlarge

Joe was the youngest of three brothers. All grew up in a cottage on the brewery grounds. The oldest boy, Adoph Coors III, was born in 1915 and was salutatorian (2nd-highest GPA) at his junior high graduation in 1929. The middle son, Bill, was valedictorian of his 8th grade class in 1930, and Joe completed the run as valedictorian in 1931.

Adolph III, grandson of the brewery founder, was the heir apparent to the brewing company. He was serving as CEO when he was kidnapped and murdered in 1960. After Ad’s death, brothers Bill and Joe ran the brewery and the porcelain company (now CoorsTek).

Adolph Coors III (January 12, 1915 – February 9, 1960)
William Kistler Coors (August 11, 1916 – October 13, 2018)
Joseph Coors, Sr. (November 12, 1917 – March 15, 2003)

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!

Snow, Rock-Climbing Films, COVID Stats, and an Artisan Village

May 20, 2022

Golden Eye Candy – Chris Davell – Spring Snow – enlarge

We’re expecting rain, followed by snow, today and tomorrow. See the forecast.

Virtual Events

6-6:55AM Virtual HIIT
8:30-9:30AM Power Training
9-9:55AM Strength and Cardio
11AM-12PM Kimodo for Balance
1-1:55PM Chair Yoga

Real World Events

10AM-12PM Rocky Mountain Quilt Study Group @ Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
10-11AM Yoga on Tap @ The Golden Mill
10:15-10:45AM Toddler Time @ Golden Library
12-9PM Third Anniversary @ Over Yonder Brewing
1-2PM The Friday Tour – The Locomotive: Steam & Diesel Tour @ Colorado Railroad Museum
3PM Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinic @ Foothills Animal Shelter
6-8PM Teen After Hours: Teen Iron Chef @ Golden Library
7-9PM Reel Rock 16 Screening @ American Mountaineering Center

7:30PM Blue Ridge @ Miners Alley Playhouse
If you haven’t seen Blue Ridge at Miners Alley yet, here’s some welcome news: it’s now available to watch on-demand! Tickets are only $15.

Live Music

5-8PM Big Hooray @ Goosetown Station
6PM The Sugar Ridge Band @ Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
6PM Jewel & the Rough @ Wrigley’s
7-10PM Will Whalen @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage)

8-11PM KISSM @ Buffalo Rose (main venue)
9PM Karaoke @ Ace Hi Tavern

COVID Update

83.3% of residents 5+ have received at least one shot (unchanged since 5/12/22)

78.4% of residents 5+ have received at least two shots (+0.1% since 5/12/22)

47.4% of residents 5+ have received 3 shots (+0.2% since 5/12/22) – source

Jefferson County Case Summary:
Cases in Jeffco – May 12th: 127,375 | May 19th: 128,657 (+1,282)
Deaths in Jeffco – May 12th: 1,437 | May 19th: 1,433 (-4)
Recovered – May 12th: 124,890 | May 19th: 125,695 (+805)
Currently Hospitalized – May 12th: 10 | May 19th: 12 (+2)
Known Cases in Golden – May 12th: 5,164 | May 19th: 5,225 (+61)

Golden Testing Site: Mines COVID Testing

More Public Health References
Sign up for exposure notifications | CDC | Colorado | Jefferson County | City of Golden

Where to get vaccinatedJefferson County

Golden History Moment

Plans for the 1959 Magic Mountain amusement park – Golden History Museum collection – enlarge

Magic Mountain was a short-lived attempt to recreate Disneyland in Golden, Colorado. It opened in 1959, closed the following year, and stood empty for the next decade. In 1969, it was purchased by Steven Arnold, a real estate developer.

Arnold had a different vision for the ersatz Victorian village. He didn’t want to build an amusement park; he wanted to establish an arts and crafts venue, with individual artists renting studios and selling their goods. By the spring of 1971, he was making some progress on his plan.

Heritage Square during the “Artisans Marketplace” era – enlarge

51 Years Ago
The May 20, 1971 Golden Transcript announced that a candle factory and a silversmith were getting ready to open their doors to the public. Eventually, they were joined by a glass blower, a blacksmith, a leather worker, a potter, and several other artisans.

Google Satellite image showing the Heritage Square property and the adjacent quarry – enlarge

Arnold’s company declared bankruptcy in 1984 and the property was eventually purchased by the quarry next door. The quarry allowed Heritage Square to continue for three more decades, and in that time many tenants occupied the grounds and buildings, including an amusement park, alpine slide, miniature railroad, the long-running Heritage Square Opera House, and many stores and restaurants. The entire complex was closed by the property owners in 2015.

Mostly-vacated Heritage Square property in 2020 – Patrick Klein – 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!

Tap Fees, Helicopters, Creek Traffic, and Ominous Advertising

May 19, 2022

Golden Eye Candy – Buglet Solar – Sunrise at North Table Mountain – enlarge

Virtual Events

6-6:55AM Cycling
10AM Call In: Mid-Morning Meditation
10:15-10:45AM Toddler Time @ Golden Library
10-10:55AM Awareness Through Movement
11-11:55AM HIIT & Sculpt


Photo by Frank Hanou – enlarge

In yesterday’s post, I wrote that Public Works was proposing higher water rates for homes with bigger yards. I misunderstood: the higher rates will be for initial tap fees for new construction; not for ongoing water use.

Real World Events

According to the City:
On Thursday, May 19, the helicopter will be back, impacting the areas of Sunset Dr., Lookout View Dr., and Lookout View Ct. Residents in these areas have received info from Xcel Energy regarding power outages happening that day, and electronic message boards are set up to warn about the coming closures. Flaggers will be positioned to allow local residents access in and out of the impacted neighborhoods.

7:30AM Golden Young Professionals Monthly Membership Meeting @ Golden Visitors Center
8-10AM Sunrise Awards Breakfast @ Golden Hotel
9:15-9:45AM Baby Time @ Golden Library
10:15-10:45AM Toddler Time @ Golden Library
11AM-12:30PM Golden Community Table @ First United Methodist Church
6PM Run Club @ Runners Roost
6-9PM Mini Paint Night @ Golden Game Guild
6:30-8PM 6th-8th Grade Choir & Orchestra Concert @ Bell Middle School

7PM Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board Meeting @ City Hall
PRAM will discuss the rules & techniques the city will employ to control Creek traffic this summer. They will use signs to try to divert fast bike traffic to the path on the south side of the Creek. The north side will get a center stripe to try to keep eastbound and westbound traffic in different lanes. Slow bikes and pedestrians will share the north side, as will tubers.

Although the tubing outfitters will not be required to provide shuttles until 2023, it was mentioned in one of the meetings that Adventure West will provide one this year. This will cut down on some of the tubers using the sidewalk to walk upstream for another run.

Bicyclists and tubers must go single file. Dogs must be on leashes no more than 6′ long. See the meeting packet to lean more about this summer’s Creek traffic rules.

Steve Glueck has been visiting the boards and commissions to ask their opinions about how the City should support our cultural organizations. He will talk with PRAM tonight.

7:30PM Blue Ridge @ Miners Alley Playhouse
Tonight is Industry Night Pricing for Blue Ridge, PLUS 100% of money received from tickets and the bar is donated to The Denver Actors Fund! Tickets start at $17 for Students and $25 for Adults and Industry folks (actors, designers, tech crew, admins) Pay only $10 with promo code “Industry”

Live Music

5-8PM Alibi @ Golden Mill
5-8PM Jon & Lucas @ Goosetown Station
5PM Josh Blackburn @ Wrigley’s

6-9PM Chris Child @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage)
6-9PM Chain Station @ New Terrain Brewing
6PM Open Pick Night @ Over Yonder Brewing
6:30-8:30PM Derek Dames Ohl @ Tributary Food Hall
8PM Karaoke @ Rock Rest Lodge

Golden History Moment

The Colorado Transcript has been covering Golden since December of 1866. It was a valuable resource for Golden residents of the time, but may be even more valuable for those of us who like to know what life was like during Golden’s pioneer days.

Here are several news/promotional pieces from the May 19, 1869 Transcript.

153 Years Ago

Clark & Doolittle Store on Washington Avenue – Denver Public Library Western History Collection – enlarge

Mrs. Johnson, at her millinery store, adjoining Clark & Doolittle’s, has received another invoice of fashionable bonnets, ribbons, artificial flowers, and other trimmings, making her stock very complete. She is glad to assure the ladies of this vicinity that there is no longer any need of their going away from here for goods in her line, as she has all the latest fashions, and will sell as cheap as any similar establishment.

Grass and water on North Table Mountain (2007) – enlarge

The fine stock ranch on the north Table Mountain is this year in charge of Messrs. Gainer, Gorman & Co., all careful and responsible men, who will see that all stock entrusted to their care is well cared for. The range is one of the best in the country, being enclosed either by fence or impassable rocks. Grass is excellent, the entire mountain having been burned over this spring, with plenty of fresh living water at all seasons. They have a new advertisement in this issue.

Here’s one last piece that caught my attention:

We had hoped that the day for Vigilance Committees in Colorado had passed forever, and we now believe that our laws are all-sufficient for the punishment of crime, but it seems that all do not think so. On last Friday we visited Denver and being detained later than usual, we started for home a little after dark. As we were approaching the F street bridge, and about to drive upon it, we came suddenly upon a crowd of men, who were very quietly standing on the bridge. The bridles of our horses were seized from either side by two of them while several others approached our buggy, one of whom asked if we had seen anything…we said “yes.” Then they told us that packages they were carrying were bought at Peabody’s, and that if we would let the people of Jefferson county know that Peabody was selling dry goods, clothing, etc., cheaper than any house in Denver, we could depart in peace. We departed, hence this local.

I thought it was going to be another lynching story, but was relieved to learn that it was a promotion for a dry goods store.

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!