DISCOVERING THE OLD WEST
In Golden Colorado, a history buff can step back in time and experience the Old West just as it was when Golden was founded in 1866. History buffs can experience life on the prairie at the Clear Creek History Park like the first pioneers; discover the feelings of the Goldrush while panning for gold in Clear Creek; feel the rush of being a cowboy at Buffalo Bill’s Grave and Museum; uncover one’s inner engineer at the Colorado Railroad Museum and so much more.
The first pioneers brought with them hopes of finding gold in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and soon Golden become a center for trade and commerce. Still to this day, visitors seek to find gold in Clear Creek and Gold-n-Detectors provides supplies for those looking to strike it rich.
Clear Creek History Park
At the Clear Creek History Park visitors can explore its original 1870s homestead cabins, a collection of old cabins and ranch buildings rescued from Golden Gate Canyon. During the summer and special events, the history park features live demonstrations by real pioneer families.
THE BUFFALO BILL MUSEUM
The Buffalo Bill Museum exhibits show posters and costumes as well as special exhibits about Native American’s and other personalities from the Old West.
COLORADO RAILROAD MUSEUM
Lose track of time year-round at this Depot Museum and 15-acre rail-yard. You’ll find over 100 engines, cabooses, coaches, a garden railway, and a renowned library. The roundhouse restoration facility with working a turntable is definitely worth seeing. There are special events and train rides behind a vintage steam locomotive throughout the year.
COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES GEOLOGY MUSEUM
The Geology Museum at Colorado School of Mines, home to one of the state’s two Goodwill moon rocks collected during the Apollo 17 mission, was started in 1874 and displays mineral, fossil, gemstone, meteorite and historic mining artifact exhibits on two floors. The museum aims to inspire scientific curiosity through education and research while encouraging appreciation of the earth and responsibility for its mineral, fossil, meteorite and historic mining treasures.