January 11th-18th, 2020
Come discover why Golden is “Where the West Lives” during Western Week on January 11th-18th, 2020. Founded in 1859, our idyllic former gold rush town is nestled between North and South Table Mountains and the spectacular foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. What was once a supply center for miners headed to find gold in the mountains has grown to become a bustling, modern town with a rich western history.
Take a historic tour of Golden (either self-guided or through Golden History Tours), stop by an old saloon or two, take a Coors Brewery Tour to learn about the largest single-site brewery in the world, don some Western wear and have your photograph taken at Oh! Susanna Vintage Photo Parlor, test your smarts at Golden Puzzle Room’s miner-themed challenge, dance and listen to live music, and more!
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THE HISTORY 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...
GOLDEN HISTORY WALKING TOUR
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: https://www.goldenhistory.org/learn-do/walkingtour/ You can printout your own copy of the various stops, or navigate using your smartphone and the customized Google map available at the link.