Golden, Colorado: At A Glance
The historic old town and small river walk, dotted with bronze sculptures, are highlights of Golden, Colorado. Just under twenty thousand people call this small town home and many of them work in the state’s largest brewery – Coors. Golden’s other claim to fame is that legendary frontiersman, Buffalo Bill, is buried on nearby Lookout Mountain.
Golden is located on Clear Creek, the epicenter of the Colorado Gold Rush. The town was founded in 1859 and named for one of the first settlers. It remained the capital of the territory until Colorado became an official state and Denver took over the title. Once the mines were gutted of gold, the town turned to agriculture, until Coors moved in.
As you browse the antiques shops and boutiques along the main drag (Washington Ave) you can grab a great cup of coffee at Windy Saddle Cafe. It has an indie meets Western vibe, with red brick walls and a “kiddie corral.” Also on offer are loose leaf tea, baked goods and soups, salads and sandwiches.
More on Golden.
The River Walk… During a flood.
Downtown and Sculptures
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