Golden was founded during the gold rush of 1859 and it is believed to be named after an early gold miner, Tom Golden, who panned for gold in Clear Creek. It was originally the territorial capital before Colorado achieved statehood, but Denver became the capital of the state of Colorado.
The railroad reached Golden in 1870, hauling mining supplies to local miners and ore to smelters to process. Today a visit to the Colorado Railroad Museum will give you a colorful history of the railroads in Colorado with old photographs and documents and artifacts in their replica of an 1880s-style depot.
And another major attraction in Golden is the Coors Brewery, founded by Adolph Coors. Plan any visit to their brewerey with a tour, but we suggest calling them ahead of time to confirm days and hours of their guided tours.
The Colorado School of Mines (www.Mines.edu), a world-class institution, was established in Golden in the 1870s, and it offers degree programs today in geology, engineering, and environmental sciences. It has a beautiful site with the campus at the base of the Rocky Mountains.
(Much of the information above is from the Golden Chamber of Commerce, www.GoldenCOChamber.org.)
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