Golden, Colorado

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City of Golden, Colorado
City
A view of downtown Golden
Motto: Where the West Lives
Location in Jefferson County and the State of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°44′49″N 105°12′39″W / 39.74694°N 105.21083°W / 39.74694; -105.21083Coordinates: 39°44′49″N 105°12′39″W / 39.74694°N 105.21083°W / 39.74694; -105.21083
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Jefferson County Seat[1]
Founded 1859-06-16,[2] as
Golden City, K.T.
Incorporated 1871-01-03, as
Golden City, C.T.
Named for Thomas L. Golden[3]
Government
 • Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 • Mayor Jacob Smith
Area
 • Total 9 sq mi (23.3 km2)
 • Land 9 sq mi (23.3 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 5,675 ft (1,729.74 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,867
 • Density 2,096.3/sq mi (809.7/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 80400-80499
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-30835
GNIS feature ID 0202837
Highways I-70, US 6, US 40, SH 58, SH 93
Colorado Territorial Capital from 1862 to 1867

Golden, Colorado is a city in the US state of Colorado. It is the county seat of Jefferson County, Colorado.[4] It was founded on June 16, 1859 during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. Golden City was the capital of the Territory of Jefferson from 1860 to 1861, and the capital of Colorado Territory from 1862 to 1867. In 1867, the capital was moved to Denver City.

In 2005, there were 17,366 people living in Golden.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. http://www.dola.state.co.us/dlg/local_governments/municipalities.html. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
  2. Western Mountaineer, December 7, 1859 and Colorado Transcript, May 30, 1894 and June 15, 1905.
  3. Colorado Transcript, May 19, 1904.
  4. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. "Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Colorado" (CSV). 2005 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. June 21, 2006. http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2005-04-08.csv. Retrieved November 16, 2006.