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Golden is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat of Jefferson County, Colorado, United States.[6] Golden lies along Clear Creek at the base of the Front Range
Front Range
of the Rocky Mountains. Founded during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush
Pike's Peak Gold Rush
on 16 June 1859, the mining camp was originally named Golden City
City
in honor of Thomas L. Golden. Golden City served as the capital of the provisional Territory of Jefferson
Territory of Jefferson
from 1860 to 1861, and capital of the official Territory of Colorado
Colorado
from 1862 to 1867. In 1867, the territorial capital was moved about 12 miles (19 km) east to Denver
Denver
City. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 18,867 in 2010. The Colorado
Colorado
School of Mines, offering programs in engineering and science, is located in Golden. Also there are the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Earthquake Information Center, Coors Brewing Company, CoorsTek, Spyderco, American Mountaineering Center, and Colorado
Colorado
Railroad
Railroad
Museum. It is the birthplace of the Jolly Rancher, a candy bought out by the Hershey Foods Corporation. Famous western showman William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody is buried nearby on Lookout Mountain, as well as the city being home to Yeti Cycles
Yeti Cycles
and Woody's Wood Fired Pizza.

Contents

1 History 2 Geography 3 Demographics 4 Arts and culture 5 Sports 6 Government 7 Education 8 Media

8.1 Newspapers

9 Infrastructure

9.1 Transportation

9.1.1 City
City
streets 9.1.2 Highways 9.1.3 Mass transportation 9.1.4 Airports

10 Notable people 11 See also 12 References 13 External links

History[edit]

Golden, 1868

Astor House Museum, the first stone building in Golden, was a boarding and rooming house from 1867 to 1971.

Established as a gold-rush town, Golden City
City
quickly became a leading economic and political center of the region, being a center of trade between the gold fields and the east, a crossroads and gateway of important roads leading to the mountains, and a center of area industry. Golden City
City
was established on 16 June 1859 along Clear Creek west of Denver, named in honor of Thomas L. Golden. Important businessmen and prospectors such as William A.H. Loveland and George West were among the first to settle in Golden.[7] By the end of 1860, Golden City
City
had been popularly elected the seat of Jefferson County and was capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. As drafted in the territorial constitution, the capital of the Jefferson Territory was initially proposed to be Golden, then with a population of 700, as a result of its proximity to mountain mining towns, and greater ability to hold a congressional quorum than had Denver.[8] Golden City was temporarily removed from the status of territory capital as a result of an act passed on 5 November 1861 by the territorial government. Colorado
Colorado
City, a small town to the south of Denver
Denver
became the new temporary territorial capital, but saw only one short event at this location. This status was quickly revoked, however, as on 4 August 1862, the territorial government voted formally to move back to Golden.[9] While the town lost much of its populace and leading citizenry during the American Civil War
American Civil War
for several reasons (ranging from military to economic), Golden City
City
became capital of the federally recognized Colorado
Colorado
Territory on 2 August 1862, continuing as such until 1867.[10] It was the time period between 1862 and the early 1870s that a fierce railroad competition developed between Denver, ten miles to the east, and Golden. By the mid-1860s, Golden held only an honorific status as territorial capital rather than serve as the legitimate source of territorial power. Denver, the increasingly larger and more developed city, was the focused core of important territorial occasions, with the Governor residing in Denver, and territorial government meetings occurring there as well. The citizens and supporters of Golden realized that a spur from Golden to the new transcontinental railroad, running through Cheyenne, Wyoming, 100 miles to the north, was the only possibility for Golden to reemerge as the dominant heart of commerce in the territory. W.A.H. Loveland founded the Colorado
Colorado
Central Railroad
Railroad
on 9 February 1865 to do just this.[7] With Golden beginning talk of creating a railroad, prominent Denver
Denver
residents raced to do the same. In an appeal to the residents of Denver, The Rocky Mountain News, which was based in Denver
Denver
itself, wrote an article imploring the citizens of Denver
Denver
to vote to fund a railroad; “If we vote $500,000 in bonds to the Denver
Denver
Pacific railway all is well. If we defeat those bonds, all hope of a railroad for the next two years is gone… Gentlemen of Denver, what will you do? The fate of your city is in your own hands.”[11] The residents of Denver
Denver
voted for the bonds, spurring construction of the Denver Pacific Railway. By 1869, the railroad race to Cheyenne was becoming less and less of a race, as the Denver
Denver
Pacific Railway pulled ahead of the struggling Colorado
Colorado
Central Railroad. Realizing they were going to lose the race to Cheyenne, the Colorado
Colorado
Central began expanding west into mountain communities such as Georgetown, Black Hawk, and Central City, all areas founded on and focused in silver mining.[12] Golden, having then sidetracked into servicing various close-by mountain communities, continued to fall behind the pace set by the Denver railroad, and by 1870, officially lost the race to Cheyenne. However, The Colorado
Colorado
Central Railroad
Railroad
connected directly with Cheyenne seven years later, in 1877, but by that point, the race with Denver
Denver
had been lost.[8] Although Golden’s Colorado
Colorado
Central Railroad
Railroad
offered a challenge to Denver’s railroad, the better funded Denver
Denver
Pacific Railway was able to connect to Cheyenne far more quickly than Golden, securing for Denver
Denver
its long term status as both capital and prominent city.

The Denver Tramway
Denver Tramway
at Golden depot, 1909

Golden City
City
became the "Lowell of the West", a regional center of trade and industry that boasted at certain times three flour mills, five smelters, the first railroad into the Colorado
Colorado
mountains, the Coors Brewery, brick works, the only paper mill west of Missouri, clay and coal mines, and more. During the 1870s, it became home to three institutions of higher education, the Colorado
Colorado
University Schools, of which the Colorado
Colorado
School of Mines remains today. Golden was also home to an opera house and seven churches, including Colorado's third (Methodist) church, oldest Baptist
Baptist
church, likely oldest Christian (Disciples of Christ) church, and first Swedish immigrant (Lutheran) church. The town was home to sizable populations of German, Swedish, Italian and Chinese immigrants; five immigrants became mayors of Golden. Until the early 20th century, Golden maintained a small-town population of around 2,500 people. Several industries faded or were destroyed by tragic events,[citation needed] but others flourished to continue Golden's industrial legacy, including its brewing, brick making, clay mining and porcelain industries. Golden became even more connected through mass transit, with two trolley lines extending to Denver, while the movie theater gradually took the place of the opera house for downtown entertainment. Downtown revitalization efforts began in the 1920s with its first streetscape and ornamental lighting project and urban renewal on its north and east, anchored by new senior high and grade schools. The historic cultural tension between the city's north and south sides gradually eased, and the town successfully endured additional major economic depressions, including the Silver Crash of 1893 and the Great Depression. The School of Mines gained a worldwide academic reputation, Coors rapidly came to the forefront of the national and international brewing and ceramics industries, and the city modernized with a recreation center, paved streets and more. After World War II
World War II
Golden boomed, rapidly gaining population, size and economy. In 1959, the town nearly tripled in geographic size overnight when it annexed large properties to the south, including the new Magic Mountain theme park, one of the earliest entertainment attractions of its kind. A number of new subdivisions were built and public infrastructure was modernized, including new buildings for the senior high school, city hall, recreation center, library, museum and central fire and police stations. Also built were new downtown anchors, including department stores and grocery stores, several new church buildings, new county offices, and the Horizon Plan, which transformed the School of Mines. The decline in the price of petroleum and near-simultaneous failure of several downtown anchors placed the central business district into recession in the 1980s. The 1990s saw the revitalization of the downtown through various initiatives, including its second streetscaping project in 1992. In 1993 the old Golden High School building was converted into the American Mountaineering Center, making Golden a research and education hub for mountaineering. The Coors Brewery had become the largest single-site brewery in the world, its porcelain subsidiary among the foremost of its kind, and Golden became home to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Today Golden has a population of over 18,000 people and is home to more people and businesses of national and international influence than ever before, yet maintains a small-town historic identity. A Golden mailing address may also represent one of several communities in unincorporated Jefferson County to the north and west of Golden, communities undergoing continual residential development of former farm, ranch and mining land and which possess a considerable population. Geography[edit] Golden lies just north of I-70 and west of Denver
Denver
at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. It is situated between Lookout Mountain and the two Table Mountains, Golden lies within a sheltered valley fed by Clear Creek. Clear Creek flows through town from the west, out of its canyon shared by US 6, and exits the valley it carved between North Table Mountain and South Table Mountain and in which is located the Coors Brewery. Red Rocks Park is nearby, which hosts many concerts in the summer months. Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1860 1,014

1870 587

−42.1%

1880 2,730

365.1%

1890 2,383

−12.7%

1900 2,152

−9.7%

1910 2,477

15.1%

1920 2,135

−13.8%

1930 2,426

13.6%

1940 3,175

30.9%

1950 5,238

65.0%

1960 7,118

35.9%

1970 9,817

37.9%

1980 12,237

24.7%

1990 13,116

7.2%

2000 17,159

30.8%

2010 18,867

10.0%

Est. 2016 20,696 [5] 9.7%

U.S. Decennial Census[13]

Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado

As of the census of 2010, there were 18,867 people, 7,394 households, and 3,985 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,096.3 inhabitants per square mile (809.7/km²). There were 7,748 housing units at an average density of 860.9 per square mile (332.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.6% White, 1.2% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 3.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. 8.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 7,394 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.1% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.8. In the city, the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 20, 13% from 20 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 25% from 45 to 64, and 10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.9 years. The population was 56.6% male and 43.4% female. As of the census[14] of 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $49,115, and the median income for a family was $67,414. Males had a median income of $41,822 versus $32,413 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,257. About 3.5% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over. Arts and culture[edit] Golden is home to possibly the most museums per capita of any place in Colorado,[citation needed] including the Golden History Center, Astor House Hotel Museum, Clear Creek History Park, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Colorado
Colorado
Railroad
Railroad
Museum, Colorado
Colorado
School of Mines Geology Museum, and the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum. There is also the Mother Cabrini Shrine. Golden is home to the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, which performs seasonally at Bunker Auditorium in the Green Center at the Colorado
Colorado
School of Mines, and has performed continuously since 1953. The city is also home to the Foothills Art Center, an art exhibition venue housed in a historic church. Miners Alley Playhouse in downtown Golden, is an award-winning live theater which has performed there since 2001. The 150-year-old Buffalo Rose Bar and Grill[15] is the longest surviving[16] Colorado gold rush-era business and remains a popular music venue for touring rock and blues bands. Golden has several annual events, which include E-Days of the Colorado School of Mines in April (since 1927), the Golden Music Festival at Clear Creek History Park, Independence Day fireworks shows sponsored the Golden Lions Club (since 1972), the largest event of the year is Buffalo Bill
Buffalo Bill
Days in late July (since 1946); the Golden Fine Arts Festival in August (since 1990), and Olde Golden Christmas (since 1972) in November to December. The American Mountaineering Center is home to the American Alpine Club, The Colorado
Colorado
Mountain Club, and Outward Bound. The Henry S. Hall, Jr. American Alpine Club Library and Colorado
Colorado
Mountain Club Collection is the world's largest repository of mountaineering literature and is internationally known. The American Mountaineering Center is also home to the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum and hosts many programs and events each year. This premier facility and the town's location near plenty of world class rock climbing, skiing and mountaineering make Golden a center for mountaineering culture. The city's thriving beer culture supports several microbreweries including: Golden City
City
Brewery, Mountain Toad Brewing, Cannonball Creek Brewing Company, and Barrels & Bottles Brewery. Beer festivals in Golden include the UllrGrass beer festival every January and the Knock Your Boots Off Beer Tasting and Chili Cook-off every October. Golden is also home to the Headquarters and Brewery currently in use by Coors Beer. Golden was where the Beer company had its start and it has kept its Headquarters in the city ever since its founding in 1873. The brewery offers tours to those wishing to see the brewery in action. It also is one of the leading employers in the Golden area with 900 employees working full-time in the brewery. The brewery is a major influence on the city's culture and celebrations.[17]

Panorama of Golden

Sports[edit] Golden's competitive athletics go back for well over a century and feature public school and collegiate teams and athletes. Golden High School competes in various sports in 4A competition in Colorado, and its football program dates as far back as the 1890s. The Colorado School of Mines competes primarily in NCAA Division II athletics in a variety of sports including football (dating to 1888), baseball and basketball. Clear Creek is also home to a nationally renowned kayak course, and the city is home to the American Mountaineering Center and features noteworthy rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and hang gliding opportunities in close proximity. Golden has to date generated three Major League Baseball players, four Olympic competitors and two Olympic medalists. Government[edit] Golden is a home rule municipality of the city form of statutory government in Colorado. Its government is a city council/city manager form of leadership which consists of a popularly elected mayor elected by the entire citizenry, two councilors each representing a district comprising one half of the city, and four councilors each representing a ward of which each district is divided into two. These seven members of the city council are each popularly elected from their ward/district/at large and they serve as the governing body of the city. The council hires and supervises the city manager, who hires and supervises the city staff, which handles the daily operations of the city. Golden's current elected officials are:

Mayor - Marjorie N. Sloan Councilor (Ward 2) and Mayor Pro Tempore - Joseph G. Behm Councilor (District 1) - Saoirse Charis-Graves Councilor (District 2) Casey Brown Councilor (Ward 1) - Marcia Claxton Councilor (Ward 3) - Pamela Gould Councilor (Ward 4) - Laura Weinberg

The current City
City
Manager is Jason Slowinski. Golden was among the first municipally governed cities in Colorado
Colorado
and has one of the oldest continuously functioning governments in the state. To date Golden has held 91 popular elections for municipal officials since its first such election in 1860, including 85 regular elections and 6 special elections in 1860, 1879, 1882, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Education[edit] Golden, originally home to the second school in Colorado, is today part of the Jefferson County R-1 School District
Jefferson County R-1 School District
which provides public education throughout Jefferson County, Colorado. The city has five elementary schools, Mitchell, Kyffin, Shelton, Pleasant View and Ralston Elementary in the foothills to the west; one middle school, Bell Middle School; and Colorado's oldest senior high school, Golden High School. In higher education, Golden features the oldest public university in the state, the Colorado
Colorado
School of Mines, which can be found a few blocks south of downtown Golden situated on a hill overlooking the city. Near Mines is the Mountain Language Institute, an English language school providing classes both in Golden and online. Media[edit] Newspapers[edit]

Golden Transcript - founded in 1866 The Oredigger - Colorado
Colorado
School of Mines student paper, founded in 1920 The Coffee News - founded in 2009

Infrastructure[edit] Transportation[edit] City
City
streets[edit] The main part of Golden is laid out upon a historic street grid system running on an approximately northwest–southeast axis, aligned with Clear Creek upon which the heart of the city was established. Most of these are paved streets with a total 66-foot right of way, including area for sidewalks which in older areas are often separated by a landscaped strip from the street featuring beautiful and historic trees. The only historic street in the grid not named "street" is the main thoroughfare, Washington Avenue, an 80-foot right of way featuring a downtown care streetscape with trees, planters, brick, flagstone and ornamental street lights. Golden's streets are generally numbered on the east–west streets, and named on the north–south streets, and are named after pioneers, American Indian tribes and trees. The streets of the southeasterly part of town are aligned with the Denver
Denver
metropolitan street grid, which are aligned directly with the true directions of the compass, and they share the names of the Denver
Denver
grid. Outlying subdivisions of Golden consist of their own, often curvilinear street systems, of various degrees of connection with the rest of the city. Golden has several main thoroughfare street connections to the east which date to the Gold Rush times, including West 44th Avenue, West 32nd Avenue and South Golden Road. Highways[edit]

One of numerous highway tunnels dug in the rugged terrain between Idaho Springs and Golden

Since its beginning, Golden has been at a crossroads of major Colorado thoroughfares. Today Interstate 70 (I-70) runs through the southern part of the city, which connects to the northern terminus of SH 470 which runs to the south. U.S. Highway 6 (US 6), which turns into 6th Avenue, is a historic thoroughfare (built in 1950) which runs east–west through the southern part of the city then curves northward through the western part of Golden, ultimately arriving at the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon. State Highway 93 (SH 93), which traces its roots to the 1860s, continues north through the western part of the city from the canyon and northward towards Boulder. SH 58 bisects Golden on an east–west route between 6th and 7th Streets, and ultimately joins to go up Clear Creek Canyon. West Colfax Avenue, the historic US 40, runs on an approximately northeast–southwest route through the southern end of the city and turns westward up Mt. Vernon Canyon and parallels I-70. Mass transportation[edit] Golden is part of the network of the Regional Transportation District which provides bus and light rail service throughout the Denver metropolitan area. Its bus routes 16, GS, and SkyRide F (once a day) connect Golden with other points of the Denver
Denver
metropolitan area and Boulder. The West Corridor (W line) of the FasTracks
FasTracks
light rail line, which parallels 6th Avenue into Golden to its terminal at the Jefferson County Government Center, opened to the public April 26, 2013. This is a modern version of the historic trolley line that Golden interests spearheaded in the 1890s.[citation needed] At the same time the W Line opened, a Community Call-n-Ride bus launched in Golden offering flexible service along with regular stops within the city itself. The new bus system was designed to complement the light rail, extending the transit service into the whole community, including the downtown corridor. Although passengers are no longer served by heavy rail, Golden continues to be served by railroad transportation for cargo, and has been continuously since 1870. These lines are owned by the BNSF
BNSF
railroad and serve business interests in the northeastern end of the city. Within the Coors Brewery grounds it becomes the brewery's own in-house railroad. Airports[edit] The closest airport to Golden is nearby Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, a general aviation air transport facility located in northeastern Jefferson County. Passenger traffic generally uses Denver International Airport in northeastern Denver. Notable people[edit] Main article: List of people from Golden, Colorado See also: List of Colorado
Colorado
School of Mines people Notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Golden include engineer and historian Edward L. Berthoud,[18] brewer Adolph Coors,[19] photographer Gertrude Käsebier,[20] and Gudy Gaskill, the driving force behind the creation of the Colorado
Colorado
Trail.[21] See also[edit]

Geography portal North America portal United States portal Colorado
Colorado
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Outline of Colorado

Index of Colorado-related articles

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Colorado
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Colorado
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Colorado
Colorado
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Front Range
Front Range
Urban Corridor North Central Colorado
Colorado
Urban Area Denver-Aurora-Boulder, CO Combined Statistical Area Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

Colorado
Colorado
geography Colorado
Colorado
history

Pike's Peak Gold Rush Territory of Jefferson Territory of Colorado

Golden Expressway Golden Gate Canyon State Park Jefferson Parkway Mother Cabrini Shrine

References[edit]

^ a b "Active Colorado
Colorado
Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2007-12-06.  ^ Western Mountaineer, December 7, 1859 and Colorado
Colorado
Transcript, May 30, 1894 and June 15, 1905. ^ Colorado
Colorado
Transcript, May 19, 1904. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved Jul 25, 2017.  ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.  ^ a b Baskin, O.L. (1880). History of Clear Creek and Boulder Valleys, Colorado. Chicago, IL: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers. p. 195.  ^ a b Abbott, Carl (2013). Colorado: A History of the Centennial State. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado. p. 52.  ^ Smiley, Jerome (1901). History of Denver: With Outlines of the Earlier History of the Rocky Mountain Country. Denver, CO: The Times-Sun Publishing Company. p. 493.  ^ Galbraith, Den (1 October 1973). "Golden Daily Transcript" – via Golden History Center.  ^ "Daily Colorado
Colorado
Tribune". 17 May 1868 – via www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org.  ^ "Pertinent Question". The Colorado
Colorado
Transcript. 23 December 1868 – via www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org.  ^ " Census
Census
of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census
Census
Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "Buffalo Rose Bar and Grill home page". Retrieved 9 May 2013.  ^ "Golden's Oldest Business Turns 150". Denver
Denver
News Agency. Archived from the original on 17 April 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.  ^ Coors Brewing Company ^ "Berthoud, Edward L". Jefferson County, Colorado. Retrieved 2016-04-28.  ^ "Adolph Coors". Colorado
Colorado
Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2016-04-28.  ^ "Gertrude Käsebier". International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2016-04-28.  ^ Blevins, Jason (18 July 2016). "Gudy Gaskill, mother of the Colorado Trail, dies at 89". The Denver
Denver
Post. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 

External links[edit]

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Municipalities and communities of Jefferson County, Colorado, United States

County seat: Golden

Cities

Arvada‡ Edgewater Golden Lakewood Littleton‡ Westminster‡ Wheat Ridge

Towns

Bow Mar‡ Lakeside Morrison Mountain View Superior‡

CDPs

Applewood Aspen Park Coal Creek‡ Columbine‡ Dakota Ridge East Pleasant View Evergreen Fairmount Genesee Idledale Indian Hills Ken Caryl Kittredge West Pleasant View

Unincorporated communities

Buffalo Creek Conifer Foxton Pine Pine Junction Shaffers Crossing

Ghost town

Arapahoe

Footnotes

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

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