Golden History Museum with Zeb the Duck

Today is not a sunny day, so we are going inside to explore.   I, Zeb the Duck, arrive at the Golden (Colorado) History Museum.

Let's visit the Golden History Museum

Let’s visit the Golden History Museum

Golden is a town a little west of Denver, between Denver and the Rocky Mountains.   Let’s go inside and learn more about the city and early residents of Golden, Colorado.    First I wander around the section featuring innovators from Golden.   Spyderco, a Golden based company produces knives in 5 countries.

Spyderco knives of Golden, Colorado

Spyderco knives of Golden, Colorado

They produce 6,000 knives per month.   All the US knives are made in Golden, Colorado.   In 1970 Sal and Gail Glesser patented a triangular ceramic knife sharpener.   Soon they were making knives.   Their major innovations include, the trademark round hole, the pocket clip and a serrated folding blade.   Epilog Laser has called Golden home since 1993.   They are one of only 4 companies in the world to produce low wattage CO2 lasers.   Epilog designed these skateboard decks.

Epilog Laser laser cut these snowboard decks

Epilog Laser laser cut these snowboard decks

Boppy Pillow, since 1989 has manufactured this feeding and infant support pillow.   American Baby magazine gave its “Best of the Year” award to Boppy Pillow.

Boppy Pillows and Kong pet toys

Boppy Pillows and Kong pet toys

Kong, a pet toy company was founded in 1976 in Golden.   Joe Markham was inspired by his dog when the dog chewed on a rubber hose from a car he was repairing.   Joe noticed the dog enjoyed chewing on the strong rubber and Kong was started.   Mountainsmith manufactures a Frostfire line of backpacks.

Mountainsmith

Mountainsmith

Patrick Smith, the founder, also produces a Kifaru line of outdoor equipment.   Smith’s first commercial product, an Expedition Sled is still available through the Kifaru line.

Expedition Sled

Expedition Sled

In 1858, David K. Wall, bringing a wagon full of seed from Indiana, became Golden’s first permanent resident.  Other Golden residents were those seeking their fortunes in mining camps.  Within a week, David Wall, had plowed and planted 2 acres.   David dug ditches to divert water from Clear Creek and used this hand held steel seed planter.

Hand held steel seed planter

Hand held steel seed planter

Soon he was making his fortune selling fresh vegetables to the miners.   However, when Golden, Colorado innovative companies are mentioned, Coors Brewery is a real leader.   In the 1950s Coors knew beer cans needed to be redesigned.   The steel cans gave the beer a metallic taste.   The 3 piece cans tended to leak.   Beer needed to be pasteurized to kill bacteria.  And steel cans were too expensive.   Beer cans were Coors biggest single expense.   Soon Coors designed and produced a 2 piece aluminum can.

2 piece aluminum cans, developed by Coors

2 piece aluminum cans, developed by Coors

The new 2 piece aluminum can was lighter, sturdier, and recyclable.   In 1970 Coors started “Cash for Cans” recycling program.   Coors Porcelain, a division of Coors Brewery, produced pottery.

Coors Porcelain

Coors Porcelain

From 1934-1942, they also produced the most popular dinnerware of the time, known as Cook N Serve.

Cook N Serve Dinnerware produced by Coors Porcelain

Cook N Serve Dinnerware produced by Coors Porcelain

This large pink item was developed for the US Military.

Missile Cone by Coors Porcelain, now Coors Tek

Missile Cone by Coors Porcelain, now Coors Tek

It is a missile nose cone which carried complex electronic equipment that guided the missile to the target during the Cold War, after World War II.   Coors also produced porcelain for body armor and items for the US Space Program.   Coors Porcelain is now called Coors Tek.   In 1916 Colorado banned the sale of alcoholic beverages, 4 years before the official Federal Prohibition Laws.   To survive, the company produced a non alcoholic beer and also adjusted the brewing production lines to produce malted milk.

Malted Milk sold to Mars Candy Company

Malted Milk sold to Mars Candy Company

By 1925 Coors was the main supplier of malted milk to Mars Candy Company.   Mars makes Milky Way, Snickers, and other candy bars.  Another part of Golden History Museum showed me items previously used in Golden.   J. J. Thomas Blvd honored a former Golden resident when he won a bronze medal for half pipe snowboarding during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.   Golden’s main street was renamed for his weekend homecoming.

Honoring J J Thomas and stove from Golden Waffle Inn

Honoring J J Thomas and stove from Golden Waffle Inn

This Hotpoint electric stove was used at the Golden Waffle Inn, which opened in 1927.   Golden Waffle Inn was famous for its fried chicken and waffles.   In 1869, you could get a shave, a haircut and a hot bath at the barbershop.

Bath tub and quilt from late 1880s

Bath tub and quilt from late 1880s

Above the tub is a hand made quilt presented to Seth Lake, deacon of the First Baptist Church. Here is a Western Saddle, probably used by a child or teen in Golden in the 1890s.

Western saddle

Western saddle

This Rockwell Clay Mine Ore Cart was donated when the last clay mine closed in 1910.

Rockwell Clay Mine Ore Cart

Rockwell Clay Mine Ore Cart

There was so much more to see at the Golden History Museum.   On an indoor day, we suggest that you visit a nearby museum.   There is so much to see and so much to learn.   We liked it a lot.

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Zeb the Duck and Chanel the Bear Enjoy Lunch at the Ship Tavern

I, Zeb the Duck, and Chanel the Bear, took our moms to lunch.   We went to the Ship Tavern at Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel.

Denver's Brown Palace Hotel

Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel

The statue in front is dedicated to the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, held in Denver every January.   During the Christmas Season the Brown Palace has elegant decorations.

Elegant and festive

Elegant and festive

High tea is being held now.   The Brown Palace has several dining options.

Ellyngton's looks good, but not for us today.

Ellyngton’s looks good, but not for us today.

Ellyngton’s was tempting, but it was not our main reason for coming today.   The Brown Palace, built in 1892, is Denver’s second oldest hotel.   The Oxford Hotel, completed a year earlier, is the oldest.   The Brown Palace was one of America’s first fireproof structures.   That is impressive, but we were not here because of fires either.    We wanted to eat at Ship Tavern.

Here it is!

Here it is!

We, a duck and a bear, did not know humans made reservations for lunch.   We did not make reservations.   The lady said we could make a reservation for less than an hour from now.   The extra time allowed us to explore.   Outside we saw this sky bridge.

A sky bridge

A sky bridge

The bridge connects the Brown Palace to what was built in 1959, as the Brown Palace West.   It is now the Holiday Inn Express.   Chanel and I wanted to walk through the sky bridge.   We entered from the Holiday Inn Express side.

Walking in sky bridge

Walking in sky bridge

This is a pretty walk.   There is a service tunnel under the street, but we could not go there.  Entering the Brown Palace, we liked overlooking the high tea.

Overlooking high tea

Overlooking high tea

The stairway has many red poinsettias.   These flowers, from Mexico, are very festive.   Why did Chanel and I want to go to the Ship Tavern?   In 1935 when prohibition ended in the United States, Charles Boettcher, the hotel owner at that time, decided to celebrate and had the Ship Tavern built.   Mr. Boettcher had a large collection of model ships.   His wife said he had too many.   So, many of the ships are now on display in Ship Tavern.   It is time and we are ready to enter Ship Tavern.

Let's go inside Ship Tavern

Let’s go inside Ship Tavern

We must stop to admire this ship at the entrance.

Ship at entrance

Ship at entrance

The restaurant is not large, but it is famous for the best prime rib in Denver.   But, we just want sandwiches for lunch.   Ships are displayed on the walls.

Ships displayed on walls

Ships displayed on walls

We love these ships.   Our moms liked their lunch and we all liked Ship Tavern.   So many ships.

We like ships

We like ships

Each is perfect and we enjoyed Charles’ ship collection.   If you are in Denver and want to have a great meal, remember Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace Hotel.   We might see you there.

Zeb the Duck Visits Colorado’s State Capitol Building

Walking on 16th Street Mall, I see our destination.

I see the Capitol Building

I see the Capitol Building

We are going into the state capitol building in Denver, Colorado.   Mom says we will be on that observation area just below the dome.  Outside?  Way up there?  We walk around to the east side and see this statue of an Indian and a buffalo.

East entrance. Native American with buffalo

East entrance. Native American with buffalo

Buffalos used to roam through the American west.   You can see that restoration of the capitol building is in progress.   I see our outside observation ledge again, just below the dome.   Back to the west entrance, there is a memorial for the American Civil War, complete with canons on each side.

West entrance with Civil War monument

West entrance with Civil War monument

And more renovation work being done here.   The stairs to the capitol building are a little different than most stairways.   I am sitting on the step that was dedicated to being exactly One Mile Above Sea Level.

Capitol steps. Exactly one mile above sea level

Capitol steps. Exactly one mile above sea level

It is even engraved on the step.   But, recent findings say the step with the gold circular plaque may really be exactly one mile above sea level.   That is one of the reasons that Denver is the Mile High City.  Inside the capitol building, in the rotunda, we find many paintings, emphasizing the importance of water to Colorado.

Remembering the importance of water to Colorado

Remembering the importance of water to Colorado

We have much agriculture and many cattle ranches; yet Colorado is a semi arid climate.   Water conservation is very important.   Most of our water is from snowmelt in our Rocky Mountains. The Colorado legislature is not in session now.  The desks in the Senate chambers are covered, waiting for the return of our state senators.

State Senate not in session in December

State Senate not in session in December

Continuing through the capitol, we see a ceremony taking place here.

Ceremony honoring Sergeant Godsey and Corporal Lopez

Ceremony honoring Sergeant Godsey and Corporal Lopez

This is a presentation ceremony awarding the French Legion of Honor Medal to two US Army veterans.   During World War II, while stationed in France, Sergeant Dallas I. Godsey, US Army and Corporal David E. Lopez, US Army aided the French military.   This ceremony, in Denver, Colorado, is for them to receive the French Legion of Honor Medal.  This was a private ceremony for the veterans, so we did not go into the room.   I, Zeb the Duck, was honored to be here to see these brave men.  During our free tour, we walked up stairs to the third level.

Three levels inside the capitol building

Three levels inside the capitol building

We think our capitol building is beautiful.   Many Colorado resources were used in the construction.   The granite is from Gunnison, Colorado.   The marble is from Marble, Colorado.   The pink stone is rose onyx.   This stone is rare and all known sources were used in the capitol’s construction.   The rose onyx was quarried in Beulah, Colorado.   The gold on the dome has been reapplied 4 times.   The latest was 65 ounces of .999 pure gold, mined in Colorado, hammered into gold leaf in Florence, Italy, and applied to the capitol’s dome in 2013.  Humans can come this far without a tour, but we wanted more.   We want to get closer to the dome.

Three floors and 99 more steps to go

Three floors and 99 more steps to go

So, 99 more steps to climb.   Our guide leads the way.   Reaching the 99th step, we are now able to go outside.

Looking west from observation area just under the dome

Looking west from observation area just under the dome

We are looking west toward Denver’s City and County Building.   Civic Center Park is between the two government buildings.   We see some more monuments.   We will show you a couple of them when we are back on the ground.   After walking completely around the capitol dome, we go back inside, down the same 99 steps and once again admire the interior of the capitol building.   The stained glass window across from me honors Emily Griffith.

Three levels. Window across from Zeb honors Emily Griffith

Three levels. Window across from Zeb honors Emily Griffith

Emily Griffith moved to Denver in 1894.    She believed that everyone had the right to an education   She founded The Emily Griffith Opportunity School, which helped make this possible for many people in Denver.  The Denver capitol also honors various Colorado people. This honors Peter H. Dominick, 1915-1981.

Peter H. Dominick

Peter H. Dominick

Mr. Dominick was an aviator, lawyer, legislator, and statesman.  He served in the Colorado House of Representatives 1957-1961.   Then in the US House of Representatives 1961-1963.   He was a US Senator 1963-1975.   Mr. Dominick served as US Ambassador to Switzerland in 1975.   Leaving the capitol building, we went to Civic Center Park to show you two monuments. This one you saw from above and outside, while standing under the capitol dome, honors all US Veterans.

Monument to all those that served in the US Armed Forces

Monument to all those that served in the US Armed Forces

This monument looks so much taller from the ground.   Here is a statue dedicated to Private Joe Martinez, Colorado’s first Congressional Medal of Honor recipient of World War II.

A Colorado recipient of Congressional Medal of Honor

A Colorado recipient of Congressional Medal of Honor

I, Zeb the Duck, love walking around downtown Denver.   We just walked into the capitol and took a tour and then walked around Civic Center Park.  We hope you enjoy walking around Denver or any other city you visit.

Denver’s Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

I, Zeb the Duck, went inside the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver.   This is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Denver of the Roman Catholic Church.   And it is beautiful!   Mom did not take this first photo.   It was a free download from the internet.

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado

This is the only photo she did not take and later you will see why this is not hers.   This cathedral opened in 1911.   It is beautiful.   It is 195 feet by 116 feet with a 68 foot vaulted ceiling.

Beautiful inside

Beautiful inside

In the vestibule we admired the baptismal font, which has the original communion rail around it.

Baptismal Font

Baptismal Font

Entering the cathedral, there are confessionals on each side.

Confessional

Confessional

We loved this Christmas tree.

Christmas is coming soon.

Christmas is coming soon.

Along the side are the Stations of the Cross.

Station of the Cross

VIII Station of the Cross

The craftsmanship is wonderful.

IX Station of the Cross

IX Station of the Cross

The foundation is of Gunnison granite (from Gunnison, Colorado).   The finest Carrara marble from Italy was used for altars, pedestals, pulpit and other items.   However, much of the interior structural marble is from Marble, Colorado.   The pride of this building, however, must be the 75 windows.  According to the website for the Basilica, this is more windows than any other church of any denomination in the United States.   These are considered some of the finest windows in the world.   They were crafted in Munich, Germany at the Royal Bavarian Art Institute.   Just look at these windows.  p1020151

The Calming of a Storm at Sea

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The Visitation    Luke 1:39-45

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The Immaculate Conception, West Transept Window

The choir loft features a massive pipe organ, but the loft is only open to the performing musicians.

Choir loft with pipe organ and a beautiful window

Choir loft with pipe organ and a beautiful window

Outside in the garden area, these statues are also beautiful.

Statues in the garden. Through renovation fence

Statues in the garden. Through renovation fence

Statue in the garden. Through construction fence

Statue in the garden. Through construction fence

When Pope John Paul II visited the United States in August, 1993, he celebrated Mass at the Cathedral as part of the World Youth Day celebration in Denver.   We showed you the photo of the exterior of the Cathedral.   However, restoration is now taking place, so these are our photos.

This side still looks good

This side still looks good

I, Zeb the Duck, was inside, but often in churches mom keeps me in my travel bag.   People were arriving for the 12:15 Mass.   This is the other side of the Basilica, showing construction and restoration in progress.

Under renovation now

Under restoration now

You can see, the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is just a couple blocks from Denver’s capitol building.   If you are in the area, we think you would love to see this beautiful building and the fabulous windows.

Colorado Traveling Ducks Remember and Enjoy Christmas Decorations

Today we want to show you great Christmas decorations.   Some are from this year, some for previous years, and some are repeated every year.   Denver’s train station, Union Station, has a great tree this year.

Beautiful tree inside Denver's Union Station

Beautiful tree inside Denver’s Union Station

While we were there, a group of employees came here posing for mannequin photos.

Humans being mannequins

Humans being mannequins

These humans posed, in a frozen position, for several seconds.   It was interesting to see.  Outside, in front of Union Station, I liked this star.

Star outside Union Station

Star outside Union Station

I, Zeb the Duck, really need to talk to Santa.   I have a Christmas request.   Chanel and I will wait for him.

Zen the Duck and Chanel the Bear waiting for Santa

Zeb the Duck and Chanel the Bear waiting for Santa

At the Colorado governor’s residence, the staircase is very festive.

Great staircase

Great staircase

Our shopping malls have a Santa Claus and a decorated area.   Here Santa is enjoying a moment of calm before the next children arrive.

Santa sees us!

Santa sees us!

Of course, I, Zeb the Duck, wear my Christmas hat to show my Christmas spirit.

Christmas is fun

Christmas is fun

We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, liked this display.

Our first time riding reindeer

Our first time riding reindeer

We are riding reindeer.  Denver, and many cities, have outdoor ice skating rinks during the holidays.

Big Christmas tree with ice skater

Big Christmas tree with ice skater

Santa has a village and toy shop in Colorado Springs, on the way to the summit of Pikes Peak.

At the North Pole with Santa

At the North Pole with Santa

At a restaurant, the Buckhorn Exchange, even the animals dress for Christmas.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas.   Buckhorn Exchange in Denver

We remember this wagon full, of presents, at Torres Mazatlán, in Mazatlán, Mexico.

Presents everywhere

Presents everywhere

A favorite is the lighting display at Denver’s City and County Building.

City and County Building of Denver, Colorado

City and County Building of Denver, Colorado

Remembering, as the saying goes, “don’t forget the reason for the season”.

Remember Jesus is the reason for this Christmas season

Remember Jesus is the reason for this Christmas season

There are so many beautiful decorations and displays of lights and we appreciate and love them all.

Christkindl Market in Denver 2016

One of my favorite places at Christmas is Denver’s German Christmas market.

Christkindl Market in Denver

Christkindl Market in Denver

This is the 16th annual Christkindl Market and it is right downtown, on the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall.   Gifts are available from Old German Christmas booth.

So much to see

So much to see

I, Zeb the Duck, love to see these things.   If you are cold, visit Serenity.

No reason to be cold today

No reason to be cold today

The lady working there was trying to find a hat for me.   None in my size, but I was not cold.   These warm items from baby alpaca wool are so soft.

Soft, warm alpaca wool

Soft, warm alpaca wool

The friendly lady said they are from Peru and Ecuador.   This is an international market, not just German.   Cinnamon Roasted Nuts smell so good.

Smells good. Tastes great

Smells good. Tastes great

And they taste even better!  Don’t these Danish style European pastries look tempting?

Tempting

Tempting

Yum!  There are several food booths and I wanted to try them all.   But the humans said, “not everything, Zeb.”   Look at these.

Beautiful paper stars

Beautiful paper stars

Paper stars are wonderful.  Christmas ornaments from this stand are beautiful.

Beautiful

Beautiful

The nesting dolls, or Matryoshka nesting dolls, from Russia and the Ukraine are wonderful.

Matryoshka nesting dolls

Matryoshka nesting dolls

We could buy an entire village here.

Add to your Christmas village

Add to your Christmas village

Stop here and you will be ready for Christmas.

Ready for Christmas

Ready for Christmas

Isn’t this nice.

Bear Mountain Metal Art

Bear Mountain Metal Art

Bear Mountain Metal Art has a great display.   If you get cold or want to sit for awhile, head here to the Beer Garden.

Let's go inside

Let’s go inside

We were there about 2:30 in the afternoon so the musicians had not arrived yet.   This tent is heated, large, and has many refreshment choices.

Plenty of room inside

Plenty of room inside

Christkindl Market is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. most days.   They are open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.   After visiting the Christmas Market, go across 16th street to visit Southwest Airlines skating rink.

Free ice skating

Free ice skating

Skating is free, if you have  your own ice skates.   No skates?  No problem.   You can rent skates for $2.00.   Some of the skaters know how to skate and some are getting a little help.

Ice skating in downtown Denver

Ice skating in downtown Denver

But everybody is having fun.   This is so great to ice skate in downtown Denver.   We hope you visit the Christkindl Market and then enjoy a little ice skating.   The market is open through December 23, so you still have time to experience more Christmas activities in Denver.