About Golden, Colorado
Founded in 1859, Golden is an idyllic former gold rush town nestled between North and South Table Mountains and the spectacular foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Originally named "Golden City", it became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862. The Territorial legislature met here until 1867 in a handful of different building, most notably the Loveland Block at the corner of Washington and 12th Streets. When Colorado became a state in 1876, locals were outraged when Denver snagged the title of state capitol, but the loss of name distinction allowed this town to keep it's cool western vibe.
Today Golden has a wonderful downtown with many shops, restaurants, art and music venues to enjoy. It has a very distinctive western feel and flair from the arch that visitors see as the drive down the main street to the western statues gracing the street corners, As a dog loving city, it hosts Foothills Animal Shelter's Annual Pet Parade and Fair in September and had the largest Facebook driven Golden for Goldens Day this year with 1,000 Golden Retrievers and their owners all merging and visiting on the street of downtown in March.
Golden is a 45 minute drive from the Denver International Airport.