In a sense, the story of the three Golden History Museums sites goes back to 1938, when Golden citizens began collecting and exhibiting artifacts from the region's history. But in another sense, it goes back much further: the 18-inch stone walls of the Astor House were lain in the mid-19th century, and the Clear Creek History Park represents an immaculate recreation of pioneer-era Colorado. No matter how far back visitors are peering into the past, the museums flesh out the story of Golden from the time of horse-drawn wagons to today.
Like a small-town railroad depot in the 1880s, the Colorado Railroad Museum’s main building features wide eaves and a bright-yellow exterior. The building reflects the Museum’s overall goal: to hark back to Colorado’s railroad era, a time when the state relied on its groundbreaking, narrow-gauge mountain railroads for supplies and information. Since 1959, the Museum has showcased the machinery of that time with an array of locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and cabooses. Alternatively, they present visitors with a glimpse of Table Mountain on the Museum’s train rides, enabling them to ride the rails in a bygone style without just taking the subway in an Abe Lincoln costume. To supplement its trains, the Museum hosts thousands of related rare photographs and artifacts, such as a replica of a 10,000-gallon water tank, humorously dubbed No Agua, that was once used to refill steam locomotives on the Chili Line to Santa Fe.
Homer Hoyt founded the glass-arts school Glasscraft in 1970, the same year he penned the book Glassblowing: An Introduction to Solid and Blown Glass Sculpturing. Both creations have aged well: his book remains in print, and his school, staffed by qualified instructors who teach the intricate art of molding glass, continues to thrive. Inside safe, clean studios, students learn to decorate the surface of beads with swirls of color and create sculptures with solid insides perfect for concealing genies from jealous family members. Guest artists often visit the school to lead workshops centered around their specialization.
Melt Bath & Skincare Online Boutique's toiletry artisans handcraft each of their skin-smoothing lotions, creating silky creams and oils, exfoliating scrubs, and wholesome cleansers that enrich the body and spirit. Customers celebrate the connection between smell and memory as they enter Melt's fragrant emporium of tinctures and tonics, which conjure recollections of fluffy birthday cakes with vanilla-tinged soaps or forgotten dreams of a career in beekeeping with the floral-scented sugar scrub. Samples of the shop's sweet-smelling wares abound, helping customers match themselves with an appropriate moisturizing brew or exotic olfactory blend.
Davey Jones Fireworks Superstore enhances any celebration with a symphony of light and sound. Since 1977, the shops has helped guests create pyrotechnic displays with their large selection of fountains, sparklers, and firework novelties. Their stock suits all ages and occasions, from the wedding confetti poppers that sprinkle the bride to assortments specially designed for kid's. For larger displays, staff can explain the difference between fountains, cones, and setting your oven on fire with forgotten cookies.
In a reflection of how easy it is to make a quick jaunt of I–70 on the way to the Colorado ski resorts, the staff at Exit 240 Ski Shop puts convenience first. In doing so, it supplies clients with four levels of ski and snowboard rentals, along with waxing and tuning services, so customers are ready to hit the slopes as soon as they arrive. While they are fitted for boots, they can chat with the staff about the latest snow reports while sipping selections from a full espresso bar.