Golden Area Sesquicentennial Stories

Gold Rush Map 1861

Gold rush era map of Jefferson County and its towns, 1861

150 years ago the discovery of gold led to the rush of pioneers from the east which led to the permanent settlement of the Golden area, laying the foundations of what it has become today. As the Golden area passes these 150th milestones of its towns, historical events, buildings, entities and more, this site will share the history behind many of these things as their anniversary comes, and other important anniversaries along the way. These articles and website are researched, written and created by Richard Gardner, a historian of Jefferson County.

Sesquicentennial & Related Articles

Golden's Oldest Business Turns 150

Golden's First Christmas 150 Years Ago

Golden's Sacrifice At Pearl Harbor

150 Years Of Golden Newspapers

Jefferson County's 1st 150th Birthday

Golden Thanksgiving 150 Years Ago

Lit Up Landmark Returns To Downtown

150 Years Of Golden Veterans

Golden Ghosts - The Ghost Of "Heartless" Edward Franklin

Golden Ghosts - The Ghosts Of Grace & Kingston Broad

More Golden Ghosts

Mt. Vernon's 150th Anniversary

The Fate Of Edgar Vanover, 150 Years Later

Golden Gate City's 150th Anniversary

Remembering The Floods Of 1896 And 1965

Golden's 1st Church Turns 150

Hall Of Justice Valedictory

The Golden Fourth In Golden City

Augusta Tabor's Golden Stay

Brickyard House Then & Now

Cambria Lime Kiln Then & Now

Safeway Salooniversary

Organizing A New City

Golden's 1st Church Service

How Golden Got Its Name

Golden 150th Birthday Party Photos

Golden's 150th Anniversary

Happy Birthday, Golden!

Golden's 1st Business

Boston Company's Colorado Arrival

Golden's Ultimate Sacrifice

More Honored Mothers of Golden

150th Anniversary of Gregory's Gold Discovery

The First Golden Garden

175th Anniversary of Discovering Jeffco Gold

1st Golden Native In Big Leagues In 92 Years

150th Anniversary of Colorado Journalism

The Honored Mothers of Golden

Irish Pioneers of Golden

The Boston Transcript, Mother of the Golden Transcript

A Transcript Farewell to the Rocky

Valedictory for the Rocky Mountain News

The Story of Jeffco's Oldest Citizen

107-Year-Old Golden Dispute Finally Resolved

Old Golden Valentines

Golden & Abraham Lincoln

Celebrating Golden's 1st Sport

150th Anniversary of Jackson's Gold Discovery

Happy 150th New Year, Golden!


150 Golden Christmasses

Anniversary Of Darkness & Hope

Golden Christmas Traditions

Golden's Greatest Snow

Olde Golden Christmas Lights

Arapahoe City's 150th Anniversary

150 Golden Thanksgivings

Denver's 150th Birthday, & Golden's Role In Its Unification

The Story Behind The Rocky's 1st Extra

Happy 150th 4th of July, Golden


150 Golden Valley Christmasses