Golden in Jefferson County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Horace Greeley’s Crossing Point
In June of 1859, while the first bridge was being built over Clear Creek, the famous reporter Horace Greeley passed through Golden. He crossed Clear Creek from a point on the south bank 100 feet east of this present-day Washington Avenue Bridge. Edward Berthoud reported on Horace Greeley’s adventurous river crossing:
"Vasquez Fork was rapidly rising into an impetuous torrent; every day its waters were more and more difficult to pass, for the excited crowd of gold prospectors that steadily pressed into the mountains. Mr. Ferrell saw the difficulty and immediately constructed a bridge, first for foot passengers, and soon after for teams and wagons. The bridge was a success, and the investment paid. Just prior to its completion, Horace Greeley, mounted on a mule, dressed in a rough garb of a traveler, with his old white hat firmly pressed on his head, rode up to the bank of Clear Creek, where now stands Capt. Berthoud’s barn. Horace was bound to see all that Pike’s Peak promised to its votaries. He had heard that Vasquez Fork, like another Pactolus, rolled over Golden sands; that in the mountain
Location. 39° 45.411′ N, 105° 13.329′ W. Marker is in Golden, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Washington Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is located on the south side of Clear Creek, on the trail a few yards east of the Washington Street Bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1027 Washington Avenue, Golden CO 80401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Greeley’s Crossing (here, next to this marker); Winter Wind on the Mesa (a few steps from this marker); Ferrell/Berthoud Home (Miners Hotel) (a few steps from this marker); Bridge Load Ordinance Background (a few steps from this marker); 922 Washington Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Americans on Clear Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); The White Ash Mine Disaster (within shouting distance of this marker); Clear Creek (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Golden.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 611 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on December 4, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. 2. submitted on August 14, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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