Golden, the city that lies along Clear Creek and the Rocky Mountain foothills, was once the leading economic and political center of the entire region- the gateway between the mountains and the east. As early as the mid-1800s, Golden had already established the only paper mill west of Missouri, the first railroad into the Colorado mountains, Coors Brewery and several higher education institutions- one of them being the Colorado School of Mines which is still going strong today. Currently, Golden is home to around 20,000 people and many national and international businesses. It’s a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, known for some of the best mountain biking and rock climbing in all of Colorado. It’s easily accessible by I-70 and C-470 and is scheduled to be the endpoint of the West corridor in Denver’s FasTracks commuter rail network by 2013. Golden is part of the Jefferson County School District and Colorado’s oldest high school, Golden High. If you love the outdoors and a small town feel, Golden may be just the place for you.
Courtesy of the City of Golden