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Trivia Race, Thomas the Tank Engine, Homestead Open House, Wild West Tour, Irish Music,Yarn Trunk Show, and a Coors RR Car Prototype

Golden Visitors Center – click to enlarge

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

JCPHD updates these numbers Monday through Friday at about 3 PM. Here’s the most recent Coronavirus report from Jeffco Public Health’s Case Summary Page:

Cases in Jeffco – Thurs: 5048 | Fri: 5081
Deaths in Jeffco – Thurs: 244 | Fri: 245
Ever Hospitalized in Jeffco – Thurs: 540 | Fri: 541 (currently 15)
Recovered – Thurs: 4573 | Fri: 4616
Known Cases in Golden – Thurs: 179 | Fri: 181

School of Mines COVID-19 case page. | Clear Creek is closed. | Masks are required. | City and County fire restrictions are in place.

Centennial Celebration of the Golden Chamber of Commerce TODAY!

The Golden Chamber of Commerce was born in 1920. The first President was Herman Coors–manager of the Coors Pottery. For 100 years, the Chamber has advocated for Golden’s businesses. They advocated for better roads, a cleaner city, and for supporting local businesses. In the late 1950s, they planned for a new municipal center and organized a successful bond vote to pay for it. For the past 30 years, they have labored tirelessly to bring Golden’s historic downtown back from the brink of extinction.

Register Online to learn the secret starting place!

Since they can’t hold a big party to celebrate this major milestone, they’re holding a Covid-safe “Great Golden Trivia Race” this afternoon from 3-5:30PM. Join them–the weather will be great, you’ll learn more about the city we love, and you’ll have a lot of fun!

Virtual Golden

10AM-1PM Beginner Quilting Class with Rita Meyerhoff
7:30PM Miners Alley Playhouse Quarantine Cabaret
8PM Bidding closes at 8PM tonight for the Quilt Museum’s Fabric & Friends Auction. Bid early and often!

Real Life Golden

8AM-5PM Day Out with Thomas at the Railroad Museum – advanced purchase tickets required
8AM-1PM Golden Farmers Market
9AM Vinyasa Yoga in Lions Park with Gabriela Ferrat
9AM-2PM Brunch at the Rose
10AM-2PM Homestead Open House at the Golden History Park
11AM Wild West Pub Crawl Tour
2-8PM Holidaily Brewing – Denver Celiacs Family Fundraiser
3-5:30PM The Great Golden Trivia Race – Celebrating the Golden Chamber’s 100th Anniversary
5PM Wild West Walking Tour

Live Music:
 Midnight Vinyl at Wrigley’s
6PM Live Music Out Front at Ace Hi Tavern

Golden Business News

Here’s some exciting news for you legions of knitters out there: Golden Quilt Company has started carrying yarn! They are having a yarn trunk show today. Because of Covid restrictions, they’re having three sessions, limited to 5 participants in each. Call the shop to reserve a place in the 11AM, noon, or 1PM showing.

Golden Quilt Company | 1108 Washington Avenue | Golden, CO  80401 | 303-277-0717  |  Map

10AM-6PM Golden River Sports is having their Fall Gear Sale and Swap this weekend. Stop by for great prices on gently-used gear.

Golden River Sports  |  806 Washington Ave  |  303-215-9386 | Map

Golden History Moment

Knowing that we’re coming up on the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Colorado Central Railroad, I’ve been thinking more than usual about railroads. Bill Robie was nice enough to contribute this little-known bit of local railroad history:

Coors’ prototype insulated car, photographed in 1964 – Click to enlarge

by Bill Robie

In 1963, Adolph Coors Company was exploring the use of insulated boxcars in order to ship their cold-filtered, non-pasteurized beer to the Coors distribution warehouses in various Western states. Insulated cars packed full of the packaged cold beer were claimed to not gain more than a few degrees during up to five days of transit time.

They had Pullman Standard Car Company at the Bessemer plant near Birmingham, Alabama, produce two prototype cars – TLDX24 and TLDX25. The car bodies were painted bright white with the Coors logo and slogan in white on red panels. Overall, a pretty eye-catching car. Unfortunately, Coors acknowledged the reality of the cars becoming coated with creosote grime and graffiti and not being able to keep them sparkling clean, so they decided to discontinue the program.

The two cars were new in October, 1963, had a capacity of 166,000 pounds and an inside length of 60’-0”. Coors ended up using green CB&Q “Burlington Route” insulated cars and then green BN insulated cars which continue to be used to this day (all covered with creosote grime and graffiti). This photo of TLDX24 was taken on October, 1964, in front of the main entrance to the Coors plant in Golden, Colorado.