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In Golden Colorado, a history buff can step back in time and experience the Old West just as it was when Golden was founded in 1866. History buffs can experience life on the prairie at the Golden History Park like the first pioneers; discover the feelings of the Goldrush while panning for gold in Clear Creek; feel the rush of being a cowboy at Buffalo Bill’s Grave and Museum; uncover one’s inner engineer at the Colorado Railroad Museum and so much more.

The first pioneers brought with them hopes of finding gold in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and soon Golden become a center for trade and commerce. Still to this day, visitors seek to find gold in Clear Creek and Gold-n-Detectors provides supplies for those looking to strike it rich.


At the Golden History Park, visitors can explore its original 1870s homestead cabins, a collection of old cabins and ranch buildings rescued from Golden Gate Canyon. During the summer and special events, the history park features live demonstrations by real pioneer families.


The Buffalo Bill Museum exhibits show posters and costumes as well as special exhibits about Native Americans and other personalities from the Old West.

Lose track of time year-round at this Depot Museum and 15-acre rail-yard. You’ll find over 100 engines, cabooses, coaches, a garden railway, and a renowned library. The roundhouse restoration facility with working a turntable is definitely worth seeing. There are special events and train rides behind a vintage steam locomotive throughout the year.

Mines Museum of Earth Science

Mines Museum, home to one of Colorado’s two Goodwill moon rocks collected during the Apollo 17 mission, had its beginnings in 1874 with the collection of geologist, Arthur Lakes, and includes the historic Colorado State Mineral Collection created by the Bureau of Mines in the 1890’s. The museum serves as the state repository for Colorado’s mineral heritage and showcases the most extensive public collection of minerals from Colorado.

It’s the discovery place of Tyrannosaurus rex, home to an American saint, and location of the largest single-site brewery on Earth. Golden, Colorado, is truly a one-of-a-kind city. Begin your Golden adventure at the History Museum. Then, get close-up and behind-the-scenes views of inventions born in Golden like the two-piece aluminum can. Marvel at the beauty of the Coors porcelain collection. Listen to music played on one of the finest instrument collections on the Front Range.

The Boettcher Mansion provides a rare combination of historic authenticity and modern amenities from its secluded setting inside the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve in Golden. Built in 1917 as a summer home and seasonal hunting lodge for Charles Boettcher, the former “Lorraine Lodge” was donated to Jefferson County in the 1970s for public use and enjoyment. In 1984, the Arts and Crafts estate was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now serves as Jefferson County Colorado’s premier historic events venue. The Boettcher Mansion offers self-guided tours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.