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.

Happy Labor Day 2016

Today, September 5, 2016 is Labor Day in the United States.   Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September.   This is a day to recognize the contributions of American workers, of all industries, to the United States economy.    The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City in 1882.   Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894.    This holiday is also meant to give workers a well-earned day off to relax at home or get out for recreation.   For many this marks the end of the summer season.   On this Labor Day, we the Colorado Traveling Ducks, would like to recognize three Colorado companies that employee many Coloradans.   In 1873 Coors Brewery was founded in Golden, Colorado.

Coors Brewery of Golden, Colorado

Coors Brewery of Golden, Colorado

In 1920 Hammond Candy Company was started in Denver, Colorado.

Hammond Candy of Denver, Colorado

Hammond Candy of Denver, Colorado

In 1969 Celestial Seasonings began making herbal tea and selling it to health food stores in Boulder, Colorado.

Celestial Seasonings Tea Company of Boulder, Colorado

Celestial Seasonings Tea Company of Boulder, Colorado

The factories are in Colorado and each company offers free tours and an outlet store.

Celestial Seasonings Tea Shop in Boulder

Celestial Seasonings Tea Shop in Boulder

These three Colorado companies have a large national following.   We are proud of these and all Colorado companies that employee several humans, contributing to a healthy Colorado economy.

Buffalo Bill is in Colorado’s Lookout Mountain

Buffalo Bill Cody loved Colorado.   He especially love the view from the top of Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado.    Let’s go the the top of Lookout Mountain.

Buffalo Bills Museum and Grave

Buffalo Bills Museum and Grave

Buffalo Bill told his wife Louisa, daughter Irma and foster son, Johnny Baker that he wanted to be buried up here.

Final resting place for Buffalo Bill Cody

Final resting place for Buffalo Bill Cody

When he died in 1917, he was buried here.   Later his wife joined him in this final place.

Bill and Louisa rest here

Bill and Louisa rest here

This is a popular area to visit, so the bars protecting the graves are necessary.   Along the path to the graves, this buffalo greets the visitors.

This buffalo is watching

This buffalo is watching

Here is the museum honoring Buffalo Bill and the Old West.

Come this way to visit the mseum

Come this way to visit the museum

As you enter, you are greeted by these early Colorado residents.

Welcoming committee

Welcoming committee

Since this is a popular place for tourists, and locals, you can have your head on Buffalo Bill’s body.   We three Colorado Traveling Ducks all sat on his body.

Three duck heads for Buffalo Bill

Three duck heads for Buffalo Bill

Why did Buffalo Bill love Lookout Mountain?

Beautiful from the top

Beautiful from the top

This view explains a lot.   Looking down to the city of Golden, you will see Coors Brewery.   This brewery, started by Joseph Coors has been famous in Colorado and all over the United States.

Coors Brewery of Golden, Colorado

Coors Brewery of Golden, Colorado

Now Coors has merged with Molson Canadian and Millers Brewery of Wisconsin, but still the original Coors beer formula can only be brewed here in Golden, Colorado.   This beer is made with pure Rocky Mountain Spring Water, that is only found here.   Other Coors beer can be brewed at other locations, but not the original Coors.   Pahaska Tepee is the gift shop here.

Pahaska Tepee

Pahaska Tepee

Pahaska means ‘long hair” and that was the Lakota nickname for Buffalo Bill.   All good gift shops also have snacks.   The fudge here is so smooth and creamy.   Mom and I prefer chocolate pecan, and Soapy Smith and JB Duck prefer chocolate peanut butter.   And, we all love mint chocolate chip ice cream.

So Good

So Good

Such yummy treats.   Well, now we will head down from Lookout Mountain.

Time to head home

Time to head home

We need to go home to cut the grass.