Golden in Jefferson County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Boston Company
The party had been larger when leaving Boston. However, the other Boston Company members lost faith and returned east before arriving in the front range. Mountain Charley later described the burn back: “I remember seeing your outfit on Little Blue, where you divided up with your back-sliding partners to see them return to the river with ‘Pike’s Peak or Bust’ replaced by ‘Busted’ on their wagon sheets.” The Boston Company arrived in the Golden valley on June 12, 1859, camping where the west end of the Golden Hotel stands today. Four days later they and others, who were camped out in this valley, agreed to form the new town of Golden City, creating the Golden City Association
The Boston Company set up business in it tnt and on July 4, 1859 the company laid the cornerstone for Golden’s first building at today’s Parfet Park. The cornerstone contained “a copper cent and two-cent of the mintage of 1858, a pair of scissors, a table fork, tea spoon, a steel bit, an ox shoe, and a horse shoe.” Upon this cornerstone rose an unusually impressive structure for a town’s first building, a two-story building of hewn logs taken from Clear Creek Canyon, made in the Saltbox style of their New England homes. Joseph T. Bird made the windows, crafted from 10”x12” pans of glass brought across the plains in the company’s ox wagon. The Boston Company ran a general mercantile and trading business, as well as an express and stage business.
In December 1859, George West established Golden’s first newspaper the Western Mountaineer, in the upper floor of the Boston Company. The Mountaineer’s staff included noted eastern editors Albert D. Richardson and Thomas W. Knox. Richardson, a correspondent of the Boston Atlas and Bee, was nicknamed the Religious Editor. Knox, of the New York Herald, became the Military Editor. Blunt was the Matrimonial Editor. Also on staff were Mrs. Joslin, Intermediate Editor, and E.H.N. “Sniktau” Patterson, roving reporter. Company members slept on cots inside the building.
Location. 39° 45.422′ N, 105° 13.356′ W. Marker is in Golden, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Washington Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at Parfet Park near the Washington Street Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Golden CO 80402, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Settler Farm Wife’s Initiative (within shouting distance of this marker); First Bicycle Mishap in Golden (within shouting distance of this marker); A Daring Rescue (within shouting distance of this marker); Porcelain and Malted Milk (within shouting distance of this marker); Fun on Courthouse Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Brewing on Clear Creek-Coors History (within shouting distance of this marker); Golden and Clear Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Early History of Clear Creek (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Golden.
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