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Situated in Jefferson County, Colorado, the neighborhood of Golden was founded in 1859 during the famous Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. Later known as the Colorado Gold Rush, it is estimated that approximately 100,000 people came to the area to search for their fortunes. The peak year of the Colorado Gold Rush was 1859, so the prospectors were often referred to as fifty-niners. Because of the influx of people during this gold rush populations grew rapidly and in 1861, the Colorado Territory was created.
Many people thought the name “Golden” came from the gold prospecting and mining in the early days of the neighborhood, but in fact, it was named after Georgia miner Thomas L. Golden who arrived with a partner in 1858 to prospect for gold.
Today the Coors Brewing Company, and the Colorado School of Mines, which offers programs in science and engineering are located in Golden. The neighborhood is also home to “Jolly Rancher” candy, which was marketed by Hershey, as well as being near the burial place of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.