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Summer Beauty, Bastille Day, EDComm, a Blacksmith Shop, and a Visitors Center

Golden Eye Candy – Jen Rutter – Summer Wildflowers on North Table Mountain – Click to enlarge

Public Health References
CDC * Colorado * Jefferson County * City of Golden

Coronavirus report from Jeffco Public Health’s Case Summary Page, as of 3PM Monday:

Cases in Jeffco – Friday: 3008 | Monday: 3089
Deaths in Jeffco – Friday: 215 | Monday: 218
Ever Hospitalized in Jeffco – Friday: 439 | Monday: 445 (currently 14)
Recovered – Friday: 2570 | Monday: 2632
Known Cases in Golden – Friday: 122 | Monday: 123

The Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors protocol is in effect.City and County fire restrictions are in place. Masks are required in public spaces (including stores and restaurants) in Golden. There are some exceptions. See more….

Virtual Golden

9-9:40AM Virtual Core Conditioning
10:15-11:15AM Baby and Toddler Time with the Library
6:30PM Economic Development Commission
EDComm will meet this evening (remotely). They will be visited by two business owners–Launch Espresso and Over Yonder Brewing. Staff will update them on the various Covid-19 relief programs: of the $1 million set aside for Golden business recovery loans, $420,000 has been approved. The City continues to provided extra sidewalk/street space for restaurants and retailers, to allow them to serve customers outdoors. Staff will update them on the following programs: Good To Be Golden Gold Rush Program, Business Park Networking Event(s), and the Volunteer Recruitment Tool.

Real World Golden

Celebrate Bastille Day today at Earth Sweet Botanicals – 1224 Arapahoe St. – Map

10AM-6PM Cue La Marseillaise: Earth Sweet Botanicals is celebrating Bastille Day today with special sales, FREE treats, and FUN! You’ll spot special prices all over the shop, including bracelets, pillows, Rifle paper products (notebooks, notepads, party ware, and more), 25% off floral elixirs, 20% off National Park themed candles 20% off tea drops, and lots of other one-day sales.

Golden History Moment

45 Years Ago

View of the SW corner of 10th and Washington, purchased by the City in 1975 – Click to enlarge

The July 11, 1975 Golden Transcript announced the City’s plan to buy the corner of 10th and Washington–now the home of the Golden Visitors Center–from the Golden Civic Foundation. The Foundation had purchased it two years earlier, from two different petroleum companies who had owned side-by-side gas stations on that land.

Side by side service stations at 10th and Washington. The Frontier Station on the left opened in 1952 and the Huskey station on the right opened in 1969. Click to enlarge

The Civic Foundation had hoped to turn that area into a park, but hadn’t been able to raise enough money to pay off the purchase and landscape the property. The City bought it from them with the plan of eventually expanding the municipal center (city hall, police, and fire departments).

Golden Chamber Tourist Information Booth – Golden Transcript, June 3, 1975

The Golden Chamber kept a Visitors Information booth there and the rest of the property served as a parking lot. During the summer of 1975, the City campground was closed. Visitors were allowed to camp in the parking lot at 10th and Washington. The amenities were less than ideal, but the sites were free, and the visitors liked that.

In 1995, a community-wide effort began to raise funds for a permanent Visitors Center and home for the Golden Chamber. The funds were raised and the Golden Visitors Center was built in 1997.

Historical Uses of the Property

10th & Washington, extracted from several Sanborn Insurance Maps

That corner had seen many businesses over the years. The historic Sanborn Insurance Maps show that the site had been occupied by a Flour & Feed Store (1886), “Oil Etc.” (1890), a Meat Market (1895), Grocery Store (1906 and 1911) and finally a blacksmith shop (on the 1919 map).

Furniss Blacksmith Shop operated at 10th and Washington from 1914-1945 – Dan Abbott Collection – Click to enlarge

Ed Furniss moved into that building in 1914 and worked there as a blacksmith. Beginning in 1922 on, he also operated a filling station on the site. Mr. Furniss retired in 1945, died in 1951 at the age of 80, and is buried in the Golden Cemetery.

Another blacksmith–Fred Bochatey–leased the shop beginning in 1945. Mr. Bochatey had been teaching blacksmithing at the Industrial School for several years. He died in 1949 at the age of 65 (and is also buried in the Golden Cemetery).

Sometime in the next two years, the old building was razed and in 1951 a modern gas station opened on that corner.

Many thanks to the Golden History Museum for providing the online cache of historic Transcripts, and many thanks to the Golden Transcript for documenting our history since 1866!