Summer Solstice, Creek News, and Finding a Use for a Rock

June 21, 2022

Golden Eye Candy – Chris Davell – Sunrise Over the Pond – enlarge

Today is the summer solstice, with 15 hours of daylight. The sun will rise at 5:32AM and set at 8:31PM. I hope you can get out and enjoy it!

Virtual Events

6-6:55AM Cycling
11-11:55AM HIIT & Sculpt
12-12:55PM All Levels Yoga Virtual

Real World Events

8-9AM What’s Brewing Golden @ Golden Hotel
It’s the first day of summer!  This month’s What’s Brewing Golden will focus on “Ramping Up for a Golden Summer – What Your Business Needs to Know”.   Learn what’s happening in Golden regarding parking, Clear Creek management, summer events, etc. and hear valuable suggestions on how your business and employees can best support increased tourists and visitors during the busy summer months.  Hosted by the Golden Chamber of Commerce
9:15-9:45AM Baby Time @ Golden Library

Clear Creek photo by Dave Powers – enlarge

10AM Media Event: City Leaders and Public Safety Officers Give Update on Clear Creek Water and Trail Access in Golden @ the Rotary Amphitheater, behind the Visitors Center
As temperatures rise and water levels steady along Clear Creek, the City of Golden has taken many new steps to ensure safety on the water on Clear Creek, and on the surrounding trails and streets through Golden. City of Golden leaders will be available to walk through the best ways to stay safe and have fun in Golden – and the important things to “know before you go” to visit the Clear Creek Corridor this summer. For more information about Clear Creek flag status and other visitor tips, visit

10-11AM Story Time and Craft @ Colorado Railroad Museum
10:15-10:45AM Preschool Time @ Golden Library
2:30PM Local Licensing Authority Meeting @ City Hall
4:30-5:30PM Teen Advisory Board @ Golden Library
6-7PM Book Group: The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel @ Golden Library

Live Music

6PM Karaoke with Linda @ Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
6PM Darrell Osburn @ Nomad Taqueria
6PM Open Pick Night @ Over Yonder Brewing


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

6:30-8:30PM Trivia Tuesdays @ Golden Mill

6-8PM Toad Trivia Tuesdays @ Mountain Toad Brewing
7PM Trivia Night @ the Ace
7-9PM Team Trivia Night @ Tributary Food Hall

Golden History Moment

The Quaintance family were the owners of the Castle Rock incline railway and the dance hall on Castle Rock. That family–along with the Coors family–have owned most of South Table Mountain for most of the past century-and-a-half.

77 Years Ago
The June 21, 1945 Colorado Transcript announced that A.D. Quaintance was offering to donate Castle Rock to the newly-forming United Nations to serve as their headquarters. The U.N. chose New York City instead.

This wasn’t the first time the family had proposed Castle Rock for a national, public purpose. In March of 1917, after William Cody’s death, Quaintance offered Castle Rock to serve as the site of the Buffalo Bill grave, memorial, and museum. Cody’s widow opted for Lookout Mountain instead.

Castle Rock by Chris Davell – enlarge

Castle Rock is a magnificent piece of real estate, but it’s very difficult to develop–no water, no sewer, and no roads to speak of. A.D. Quaintance died in 1959 without finding a good use for the rock.

His daughters–with the help of his son-in-law, Leo Bradley–spent many years trying to develop quarries on South Table Mountain. County government and surrounding residents spent years resisting that use.

His grandson, Jeff Bradley, recently tried to build a solar farm on his property adjoining Castle Rock. The county, the City of Golden, and Jefferson County Open Space resisted that plan.

It’s a magnificent piece of property, but it’s very difficult to develop.

Tomorrow, I’ll report on their brief flirtation with Nike!

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!