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Golden, Co. was founded during the gold rush of 1859, but gold seekers were not its first inhabitants. The area had been frequented by the Ute, Arapaho, and Cheyenne tribes, as well as early trappers Louis Vasquez and Rufus Sage. Most sources agree that the town was named for settler Tom Golden, one of the early gulch miners who panned gold in the valley of Clear Creek. Golden was such a boomtown, it was made Colorado's territorial capital in 1862.
If you're looking for outdoor activities, head to nearby Golden Gate Canyon State Park. You can enjoy all sorts of recreation here. Be sure to take a look around and remind yourself what this part of Colorado looked like before settlers and miners made their mark.
Region: Metro Denver Area Regional Information
Proximity to other towns: Located 6.7 miles from Morrison, 7.9 miles from Lakewood, 8.1 miles from Wheat Ridge
Elevation: 5674 feet
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