According to a legend told by Chief Colorow, a deadly and defining battle ensued at the entrance to Clear Creek Canyon during the 1840s. There was a huge loss of life on both sides. According to the legend, the Golden valley was avoided for more than a decade by those who had fought in that battle. It was not until the gold rush that legend allows for their return. This legend is at least partially confirmed by evidence including remains discovered by gold rushers.
The Utes camped in the Golden valley as late as the early 1870s, lodging both at present-day "Colorow Point" on Lookout Mountain and in town. They bartered with the downtown merchants and held wrestling contests with Golden residents for prizes. Chief Friday, of the Arapaho, camped in Downtown Golden as late as 1867 at present-day 1114 Washington Avenue. He was often seen doting on his beloved little granddaughter Tel-le-qua. However, Chief Friday made every effort to avoid meeting Chief Colorow in Golden. Today, many Native Americans from a variety of tribes come to the Golden valley in harmony, often to celebrate the rich traditions of their past.
Caption: Lithographic reproduction of a portrait of Chief Colorow, White River Band, Native Americans Northern Utes, circa 1862. Courtesy Denver Public Library, Western History Collection
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|Date Added||Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 6:58am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13S E 480941 N 4400779|
|Decimal Degrees||39.75671667, -105.22248333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 45.403', W 105° 13.349'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 45' 24.18" N, 105° 13' 20.94" W|
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|Area Code(s)||303, 720|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1081-1129 Clear Creek Trail, Golden CO 80401, US|
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