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Golden in Jefferson County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Billy Drew Bridge

 
 
Billy Drew Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, November 22, 2013
1. Billy Drew Bridge Marker
Inscription.
(left side)

Bridging Our History

This bridge is the second Billy Drew Bridge erected on this site. The original Billy Drew Bridge was built in 1976 as part of Goldenís celebration of the Centennial-Bicentennial, the nationís 200th anniversary and Coloradoís 100th anniversary as a State. A few Golden citizens, led by Billy Drew, called for the building of a bridge to provide an essential pedestrian and bikeway link between Golden and the city offices, parks, and residential neighborhoods located north of Clear Creek and west of Washington Avenue.

A small group of Golden residents, including Billy Drew, and students from the Colorado School of Mines helped to design the original bridge and to prepare the site.

The original structure was replaced by this present, wider bridge in 2003 to provide better accessibility and to enable two-directional traffice to safely cross at the same time.

Funding for this new bridge was provided by the City of Golden and a matching grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.

(right side)

The Billy Drew Bridge
Built on a Foundation of Involved Citizenry

Billy Drew was a gentleman who cared deeply about Golden. Our community is proud to continue to honor him through the naming of this
Billy Drew Bridge, 1985. Courtesy Golden Pioneer Museum image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, November 22, 2013
2. Billy Drew Bridge, 1985. Courtesy Golden Pioneer Museum
bridge.

Billy Drew moved his family from Washington, D.C. to Golden in 1968 when he was 73 years old. He immediately became an active and devoted volunteer and worked diligently to improve the community well into his 90s. He was proud that he never missed a City Council meeting in nearly 25 years.

In addition to this bridge project, he campaigned to build Golden's first senior housing complex—Canyon Gate Apartments—advocating strongly for a high quality and affordable development.

Along with other citizens, Drew fought to save the Astor House Hotel from demolition, and it is now a Golden city museum on the National Register of Historic Places. He was trained as a stonemason as a young man and advised in the repointing of the stonework and the laying of the brick sidewalk in the garden at the Astor House Museum. He was 80 years old at the time, so he sat in a lawn chair to direct the workers.
 
Location. 39° 45.304′ N, 105° 13.552′ W. Marker is in Golden, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from 10th Street 0 miles south of Illinois Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is located along the Clear Creek multi-purpose trail near the Golden Library. Marker is in this post office area: Golden CO 80401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Billy Drew, c. 1992. Courtesy Emily Drew image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, November 22, 2013
3. Billy Drew, c. 1992. Courtesy Emily Drew
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Down by the Old Mill Stream (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Resident/Agriculturalist (approx. 0.2 miles away); Golden Alarm Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early History of Clear Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); Settlement of Clear Creek Valley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gold in Clear Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); Farming (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tourism (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Golden.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsCharity & Public WorkMan-Made Features
 
Billy Drew Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, November 22, 2013
4. Billy Drew Bridge Marker
Billy Drew Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, November 22, 2013
5. Billy Drew Bridge Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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