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

Colorado National Guard Armory

 
 
Colorado National Guard Armory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, November 26, 2017
1. Colorado National Guard Armory Marker
Inscription.
To the south on Arapahoe Street is a distinctive building made of river rock. The Armory was completed in 1913 to house Company A Engineers of the Colorado National Guard, comprised of Colorado School of Mines students. Designer James H. Gow, who also designed the Castle Rock Pavilion (an entertainment center on the summit of South Table Mountain), envisioned a home for the company reminiscent of a medieval castle. Gow is said to have chosen and collected 3,330 wagonloads of stone from nearby Clear Creek and Golden Gate Canyon to complete the Armory project.

On the first level, facing 13th Street, the Armory housed the Golden post office and retail space. Upper floors functioned as dormitories, drill space, and training space for Company A. The 65-foot tower, with its grand entrance inscribed “A 1913” was for “observation,” providing a wide view of Golden as it was then.

Gow was clearly enchanted with medieval design, as he originally proposed battlements on corners of the Castle Rock Pavilion as well as cannons surrounding the dance hall.

 
Location. 39° 45.35′ N, 105° 13.42′ W. Marker is in Golden, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of 11th Street and Arapahoe street
Colorado National Guard Armory image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, November 26, 2017
2. Colorado National Guard Armory
The Armory from the corner of 13th and Arapahoe Streets.
, on the right when traveling west on 11th Street. Touch for map. The marker is located in the center of Golden, next to the parking lot for the Clear Creek Historic Park on 11th street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 907 11th St, Golden CO 80401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Castle Rock (here, next to this marker); Down by the Old Mill Stream (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Resident/Agriculturalist (about 300 feet away); Early History of Clear Creek (about 400 feet away); Settlement of Clear Creek Valley (about 400 feet away); Gold in Clear Creek (about 400 feet away); Farming (about 400 feet away); Tourism (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Golden.
 
Also see . . .
1. Colorado National Guard Armory. (Submitted on December 12, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. Golden's history. (Submitted on December 12, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 12, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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