“Go west, young man.”— Horace Greeley
I’m not sure how young I was but in 1981 I took Horace Greeley’s advice and moved to Colorado.
When I first moved here, I was impressed not just by the Rocky Mountains but also by several of the towns and cities that surround Denver. One was the charming town of Castle Rock in Douglas County—not that far from Dairy Hill— that was founded in 1874. The other was Golden. It probably was the big arch that spans the main street telling one and all “Howdy Folks.” You’ve got to love a place that friendly.
Golden was founded on 16 June 1859 during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush and was originally named Golden City in honor of Thomas L. Golden. Golden City served as the capital of the provisional Territory of Jefferson from 1860 to 1861 and capital of the official Territory of Colorado from 1862 to 1867. In 1867, the territorial capital was moved about 12 miles east to Denver.
The above photograph, was shot in Golden, Colorado with my old Canon EOS 50D (before it was converted to infrared) and Sigma’s 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens (at 109mm) with an exposure of 1/200 sec at f/11 and ISO 200. It was processed in Topaz Lab’s Adjust to achieve the look you see here.