Golden, Colorado

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Golden, Colorado
Home Rule Municipality
Downtown Golden
Downtown Golden
Motto(s): "Where the West Lives"
Location of Golden in Jefferson County, Colorado
Location of Golden in Jefferson County, 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 Colorado
County Jefferson County Seat[1]
Founded June 16, 1859,[2]
as Golden City, Kansas Territory
Incorporated January 3, 1871,
as Golden City, Colorado Territory
Named for Thomas L. Golden[3]
Government
 • Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 • Mayor Marjorie N. Sloan
Area[4]
 • Total 10.06 sq mi (26.05 km2)
 • Land 9.97 sq mi (25.81 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.24 km2)
Elevation 5,675 ft (1,729.74 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,867
 • Estimate (2016) 20,696
 • Density 2,076.66/sq mi (801.77/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
Website cityofgolden.net
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.[5] 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.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on November 23, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2007.
  2. Western Mountaineer, December 7, 1859 and Colorado Transcript, May 30, 1894 and June 15, 1905.
  3. Colorado Transcript, May 19, 1904.
  4. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  5. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. "Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Colorado" (CSV). 2005 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. June 21, 2006. Retrieved November 16, 2006.