Where the West Lives!

Walking down Golden’s main street, Washington Avenue, is like taking a stroll back into the Old West with historic storefronts, colorful murals, and covered arcade sidewalks. The most famous character of the West, William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, is buried in Golden, and here you’ll also find Colorado’s largest collection of historic steam locomotives. Downtown’s Golden History Park features an authentic homestead with a barn, working blacksmith shop and a chicken coop where youngsters can feed a variety of heritage chickens. 
Take a historic points walking tour of Golden (either self-guided or through Golden History Tours), stop by an old saloon or two, don some Western wear and have your photograph taken at Oh! Susanna Vintage Photo Parlor, or strike it rich at Golden Puzzle Room’s miner-themed challenge.

After a day of exploring Golden, end your evening with a stroll along Clear Creek Trail; the heart of Golden.


Founded in 1859, Golden is an idyllic former gold rush town nestled between North and South Table Mountains and the spectacular foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Originally named “Golden City” it became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862. The Territorial legislature met here until 1867 in a handful of different buildings, most notably the Loveland Block at the corner of Washington and 12th Streets. When Colorado became a state in 1876, locals were outraged when Denver snagged the title of state capitol, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to slow Golden’s growth. Learn more...


Now, you can discover Golden's history on the Golden History Walking Tour.  Put together by the Golden History Museum, the free, downloadable tour directs you to 16 historic spots in Golden as it winds  one-and-a-half miles past beautiful homes, stone buildings, gardens, a re-created historic farm and school yard, and - most popular with kids - a historic chicken coop filled with heritage chickens you can feed for a quarter. 

To access the free tour, go to: You can printout your own copy of the various stops, or navigate using your smartphone and the customized Google map available at the link.