Whether you are a train buff, photographer or just looking for something interesting to do for an afternoon, you will have a wonderful time at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado.
The Colorado Railroad museum, which is deservedly one of the top 10 Denver attractions, will have you amazed at the vast array of railroad history on hand.
Colorado Railroad Museum: Preserving Colorado railroad history
As the railroad industry declined in the 1940’s, Bob Richardson began collecting pieces of railroad history – rolling stock, equipment, records and memorabilia.
By 1958, his collection had outgrown its home in Alamosa, CO and the museum was moved to Golden, where a replica railroad depot was built for the museum’s main building in 1959.
Over the next five decades, the Colorado Railroad Museum grew to a collection of over 100 engines, cabooses and coaches on a 15 acre rail yard that includes the replica depot, a water tank, a G-scale garden railway, and working steam & diesel locomotives.
On the museum grounds is also the Robert H. Richardson Library, one of the largest railroad reference libraries in the U.S., with collections of rare photos, artifacts and documents and the Cornelius W. Hauk Restoration Roundhouse, a 5-bay roundhouse for railcar maintenance and restoration.
Colorado Railroad Museum: Highlights
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Colorado Railroad Museum: Special events & private parties
From a ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine™, to mailing a letter to Santa aboard the RPO railcar, the Colorado Railroad Museum has numerous themed and special events throughout the year including:
Ride the Rails Saturdays, Black History Month, Galloping Goose, RidesBunny Express, TrainTrick or Treat Train, Dinosaur Train, Santa Claus Special, and Day Out With Thomas.
The museum is also available for party rentals and private events.
The first & only museum in the United States dedicated to the heroism, technology, culture and spirit of mountaineering, the American Mountain Museum is a must visit. The museum has a wonderful collection of mountaineering artifacts & a large-scale Everest model.
2. Take a stroll along Clear Creek
The paths along Clear Creek offer a relaxing stroll to the sound of Clear Creek and a chance to explore a bit of Golden’s history. Check out the City of Golden’s website for a variety of choices and destinations in downtown Golden.
With 60+ stores with offerings ranging from mountain bikes, to clothing from the Himalayas, to a mining cart, you are sure to find it in Golden’s quaint shops. Enjoy a beer or ice cream on a patio, admire the statues, and do some people watching in historic Golden.
9. Pay Buffalo Bill a visit
Buffalo Bill is buried at the top of Lookout Mountain, just west of downtown Golden. The Buffalo Bill Museum has a number of permanent exhibits about Buffalo Bill’s life and Buffalo Bill’s grave site overlooks the Great Plains and the Rockies.
10. Ride a bike
Golden is cycling community, so whether your preference is road cycling or mountain biking, you will find great trails and lots of company. Stop in a local bike store for info & to rent a bike or grab the trail map published by the City of Golden and take a spin.
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