“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Golden in Jefferson County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Clear Creek

Clear Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, July 4, 2011
1. Clear Creek Marker
Inscription.  Clear Creek is one of the most popular and historic waterways of the Front Range. The Clear Creek watershed covers approximately 1550 square kilometers (600 square miles), includes five counties, and more than thirteen communities. From the headwaters on the Continental Divide to the plains near Denver, Clear Creek connects small mountain communities with Colorado’s largest metropolitan area. It starts at Loveland pass and drains into the South Platte River, near Commerce City. The most scenic part of the creek is Clear Creek Canyon, where Highway 6 winds its way through a steep valley from Idaho Springs to Golden.

Caption: the scenic Georgetown Loop, was part of the Colorado Central Railroad. Here, the railroad crosses over Clear Creek near George. Courtesy Denver Public Library, Western History Collection.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural FeaturesWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1550.
Location. 39° 45.395′ N, 105° 13.342′ W. Marker is in Golden, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Washington Avenue. Touch for map

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. Marker is in this post office area: 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. 922 Washington Avenue (here, next to this marker); Native Americans on Clear Creek (a few steps from this marker); The White Ash Mine Disaster (a few steps from this marker); Bridge Load Ordinance Background (a few steps from this marker); Transportation (a few steps from this marker); Winter Wind on the Mesa (a few steps from this marker); Irrigation and Farming (within shouting distance of this marker); Golden City (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Golden.
<i> The Georgetown Loop, Colorado.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by the Detroit Publishing Company, 1904
2. The Georgetown Loop, Colorado.
This postcard, courtesy of the Yale Beinicke Library, shows a train crossing Clear Creek at the Georgetown Loop. Of note is a comparison of this image with the photograph on the marker, which although a different photograph, shows much the same thing from the same perspective. Clearly, the negative was seemingly reversed on one of them prior to printing.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 722 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 27, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 29, 2015. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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