Rainbows, Hikes, Hair, Air Traffic, and a Notable Fire

August 7, 2022

Golden Eye Candy – Rob Reed – Rainbow Afternoon – see more

We had great rainbow conditions yesterday, and several readers were kind enough to send the views from different parts of town. Check out the Golden Festival of Rainbows!


Real World Events

8AM New and Prospective Member Hike @ Apex Trail
9AM Keg Konditioning @ Golden Mill
9:30-11:30AM Full Walking Tour @ Dinosaur Ridge
10AM-3PM Brunch at the Rose @ Buffalo Rose
10AM and 1PM Wild West Short Tour
11:30AM-12:30PM Yogi Book Club @ Pranatonic


See the matinee of Hair today at 2PM

2PM HAIR @ Miners Alley Playhouse
3-4PM Wordplay Writing Workshop @ Golden Library
4-6PM Wild West Walking Tour


Live Music

11AM-2PM Good for Nothin’ Thunder Mountain Boys @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage)
1-3PM Dead Cat Bounce (Fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) @ Over Yonder
3PM Trip Wire @ Wrigley’s
4-7PM Wendy Woo @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage)
8PM Karaoke @ Ace Hi Tavern


Tomorrow Morning


Photo by Chris Davell, 2021 – enlarge

Have you noticed more air traffic noise over Golden lately? You might want to attend a meeting of the Community Noise Roundtable tomorrow morning, 9-11AM.

The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport Community Noise Roundtable (RMMACNR) regular business meeting is held on the second Monday of each month at 9:00am. These meetings are offered in hybrid format. You may attend in-person at the RMMA Terminal, Mt. Evans Room (11755 Airport Way, Broomfield – map), or via WebEx.  

The RMMACNR holds a public comment period near the beginning of the meeting at up to 3 minutes per speaker for a total of up to 30-minutes.   If you would like to provide public comment, you must attend the meeting in-person or access the meeting via WebEx.  To register for public comment via WebEx, please use the chat function to notify the host that you would like to make public comment.  

The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport Community Noise Roundtable (RMMACNR) is expected to meet monthly. The meetings will be broadcast to the public. More information

Join virtually via WebEx: jeffco.webex.com/jeffco/onstage/g.php?MTID=e741938f621b249945c9bc9b1c6681cd1

Or via phone:
Dial – 1-408-418-9388; enter the meeting access number when prompted – 2489 806 6353 


Golden History Moment


Castle Rock Resort Buildings Burning in 1927 – enlarge

95 Years Ago
On this day in 1927, the structures of the Castle Rock Resort burned. The resort opened, with minimal facilities, in 1908. It reached its highest point in 1913, when owner Charles Quaintance built a railway to bring visitors to the mountain top. He had a dance hall with fine hardwood floors and spectacular views of the mountains and plains, as well as a separate viewing tower to provide even better views.

The resort did well for the first year or two and sputtered along for a few more years. Quaintance later leased the buildings to another business, which operated as the Lava Lane dance hall. The Denver region Ku Klux Klan held meetings there. Overall, the place became a seedy and undesirable neighbor for the Golden community.

On Sunday morning, August 7, 1927, the alarm was raised that the the vacant resort buildings were on fire. Golden greeted the news with a collective shrug. There was no water source available at the site, so the Fire Department made no attempt to get to the mountaintop.


Castle Rock fire as seen from Washington Avenue – enlarge

The fire was spectacular as the flames and black smoke from the burning buildings were visible for miles.
Colorado Transcript – August 11, 1927

The owners were out of town and did not learn of the fire until they returned that night. The fire was believed to be arson–whether the arson was started by locals who didn’t like having the Klan and other undesirables up there we will never know. The official account that appeared in the Transcript said that they found four “youths” in the vicinity, and the sheriff had them in custody. You might expect that this would be a big event, and the local paper would follow the status of that case, but after one brief article in the Transcript the following Thursday, it was never mentioned again.


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!