Two Free Vaccine Clinics Today, Meyer Hardware Update, Music, and Highway 6

August 5, 2021

Golden Eye Candy – Buglet Solar – Morning Bike Ride on Lookout Mountain – click to enlarge

Meyer Hardware News

Meyer Hardware Retirement Sale – click to enlarge

The rumors about Meyer Hardware are true. Meyer Hardware will be liquidating their store starting at 8:00 am on Thursday, August 5th. All merchandise and store fixtures will be liquidated. This includes hardware, power tools, sporting goods, BBQ supplies, housewares, giftware and small appliances. All merchandise will be sold to the bare shelving and then the store shelving and equipment will be sold.

Meyer Hardware will be giving away free prizes during the Store Closing Sale. The prizes include: a Sony 55inch flat screen TV, a Weber stainless steel gas grill, IPADS, his and her Apple watches and much more. No purchase necessary to enter. Register for the prizes at the store.

It is anticipated that the store closing sale will be completed by September 30th.

Meyer Hardware  |  1103 Arapahoe  |  303-279-3393  |  Map

Virtual Events

8:30-9:25AM Silver Sneakers Classic
10AM Mid-Morning Meditation
10-10:55AM All Levels Yoga
11-11:55AM Silver Sneakers Circuit
3PM Hard Times Writing Workshop
5:30-6:25PM HIIT & Sculpt
2, 3, and 4PM Jeffco Free Call-in Legal Clinic
6-7PM Qs and Brews Trivia

Real World Events

9AM-1PM COVID Vaccine Clinic @ Golden Library
9AM Public Art Commission Meeting @ City Hall
10AM-1PM COVID Vaccine Clinic @ First United Methodist Church
5-9PM Bike Night @ Avalanche Harley Davidson
6PM Fun Run @ Runners Roost
6-9PM Mini Paint Night @ Golden Game Guild

7:15PM Spirits with Cocktails @ Windy Saddle Café
We invite you to join us every Thursday evening to mix magical potions and raise some of Golden’s most notorious characters! Experience real Golden history with stories filled with wild west escapades told by the Ghosts who LIVED them!

The portal between worlds is opened every Thursday evening at 7:30 PM, beginning July 1st through August 26th at The Windy Saddle Café on Washington Ave, in spooky downtown Golden, CO! Tickets are $45 and includes 2 SPIRITED Magical Potions guaranteed to raise your psychic abilities and see ghosts, face to face! 21+ Need more info? CALL 303-216-0877 or email:

Live Music

Roots & Rhythm at Goosetown Station Tonight

5PM Band of Brothers @ Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
5PM Roots and Rhythm @ Goosetown Station
6PM Derek Hall & the Possibilities @ Buffalo Rose (Sky Bar Stage – outdoor patio)
6PM Ms. Amy & the Jet Set @ New Terrain Brewing
6PM Open Pick Night @ Over Yonder Brewing
7PM Turkey Foot @ Columbine Cafe
8PM Karaoke @ Rock Rest Lodge

Derek Hall & the Possibilities at the Buffalo Rose

Golden History Moment

Highway 6 – west from Denver, northwest past Golden, and west into Clear Creek Canyon – click to enlarge

Golden’s 6th Ave
by Paul Haseman

U.S. Hwy 6 across America has a long history but Golden’s section of the road from the intersection at Colfax/US 40 to Hwy 58 and left up Clear Creek Canyon makes for a far shorter tale. As background, early US 6 / 6th Ave west of Denver was formerly an unpaved two-lane road to the Remington Arms Factory (now the Denver Federal Center). In 1941, Hwy 6 became the first four-lane paved road in Colorado in order to transport supplies and munitions to and from the factory. From there it was later extended to intersect with US 40/Colfax (near the Marine Memorial/Home Depot). And in 1950 plans were afoot to keep it headed northwest from Colfax along the western boundary of Golden. Good news for Golden, but not so good news for the School of Mines.

As reported by the Mines Oredigger, on 7 March 1950, the new alignment of Hwy 6 would cut right through 80 homes recently constructed homes for student veterans after WWII requiring, the movement of 80 buildings. These homes, known as Prospector Park, were to the north of now 19th Street on the west side of campus. What to do? What to do?

Parfet clay mine on west side of the School of Mines campus – Dan Abbott collection – click to enlarge

Well, a shiny white knight in the form of William G “Bill” Parfet had a solution. The Parfet family had been mining clay on the west side of the Mines campus since 1877 including, further east, its Rockwell Mine. This clay mining involved deep trenches between vertical sandstone “fins” in the Laramie Formation. As told by his son “Chip,” dad Bill Parfet told the Highway Department that even with “reclamation” by refilling the trenches, the planned roadbed would be susceptible to subsidence and be unstable. Parfet convinced the Highway Department to move the alignment 100 yards west to more stable ground. Phew!

His helpful persuasion saved the day. The Veterans’ housing remained and later the current Mines intramural fields along Elm Street and “Greek” house beyond would become part of the Mines campus. Of course, this Mines addition would not occur until the later gift by Parfet to Mines in 1964 of his Ruby Clay Mine in exchange for Mines-provided clay mining acreage further east. This easterly acreage became Parfet’s Rubey Standard Mine. This new mining land and Rockwell Mine became part of the Fossil Trace Golf Course, opened in 2003.

Present Day Prospector Park (housing in lower left) and Highway 6 – Patrick Klein – click to enlarge

Meanwhile, Hwy 6 meandered down the hill, still on the west side of Mines toward Clear Creek, which required two 200-foot bridges over the Creek and the Church Ditch. Here Hwy 6 took a sharp left turn up the canyon following in large part the former Colorado Central Railbed to Idaho Springs with the addition of several tunnels. Work on the canyon section had begun as early as 1933 but could not become truly feasible until the last train went through the canyon on 4 May 1941. At this point, WWII stopped construction and after the war Hwy 6 construction up the canyon was renewed with the road finally opening on 22, June 1952.

Colorado Transcript – June 19, 1952

Thank you, Bill Parfet.