Golden in Jefferson County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Astor House
Over the years, the Astor House claimed several "firsts” in Golden. Longtime owner Ida Goetze installed the first bathtub in town, a novelty that brought in many people willing to pay twenty-five cents to take a hot bath. One Goldenite observed that Ida made more money off the bathtub than from the rest of the hotel.
An outpouring of community support saved this building from demolition in the early 1970s and renewed an interest in Golden's local history. Today, the Astor House Museum tells stories from its colorful past.
Just down the street (to the left) you'll find the Twelfth Street Historic District, where some of the city's best-preserved historic homes are located. This area was commonly called the Legislative Walk, since many of the residents were prominent in state and local business, politics, and education.
Top right: "The
Left column: Above: Advertisement from the Golden Transcipt, 1867; Portrait photo: Golden pioneer, Seth Lake, built the Astor House.
Middle right: The Astor House changed names and ownership over the years. Advertisement from the Golden Globe, 1887.
Bottom right: Far right: Ida Goetze bought the Astor House in 1892. Right: Advertisement from the Golden Globe, 1892.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 39° 45.3′ N, 105° 13.332′ W. Marker is in Golden, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker is on 12th Street east of Arapahoe Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 822 12th St, Golden CO 80401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Territorial Capital of Colorado (within shouting distance of this marker); 1211 Washington Avenue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1115 Washington Avenue (about 300 feet away); Jolly Rancher 1113 Washington Avenue (about 300 feet away); Colorado National Guard Armory (about 500 feet away); Castle Rock Clear Creek (about 600 feet away); First Resident/Agriculturalist (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Golden.
Also see . . . Astor House (Golden, Colorado). Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 13, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 3. submitted on July 14, 2020. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.