The 1910s


Arvada’s iconic water tower is built, decommissioned in 1977

August 1910

Public travel on mountain roads deemed dangerous. Signs are placed on all sharp curves warning drivers to slow down and blow horn as a warning they are coming. 

December 10, 1910

Herold China and Pottery Company incorporated by John J. Herold. Becomes Coors Porcelain in the 1920s, Coors Ceramics in 1986, and CoorsTek in the 2000s.

December 14, 1910

Leyden Coal Mine fire disaster when ten miners are killed and several more injured. Shaft #2 is destroyed but mine is able to rebuild.


  • Town of Westminster incorporated
  • John Brisben Walker’s private summer retreat on Mount Falcon completed. Burns down in 1918.

February 23, 1911

Sheriff Dennis orders all prisoners in the county jail to whitewash, paint, and clean up their jail cells

May 10, 1911

Concert by renowned opera singer Mary Garden puts Red Rocks Amphitheatre on the world musical map

September 7, 1911

Standley Lake formally dedicated by U.S Secretary of Agriculture James Wilson

May 1912

Passage of the Mountain Parks Charter Amendment when Denver voters approve a one-half mill levy property tax to fund Denver Mountain Parks. Genesee Park, the largest mountain park, is acquired.

July 6, 1912

Lookout Mountain Funicular completed with two cars that seat 32 people. The railroad is abandoned upon completion of the Lariat Trail roadway.

August 2, 1912

Two shot and South Platte Hotel destroyed when gunman/arsonist terrorizes South Platte. Hotel is later rebuilt.


  • Castle Rock Mountain Railway funicular begins operation carrying tourists to a dance hall and casino on top of Castle Rock on South Table Mountain
  • The four-story National Guard Armory building, made from local cobblestones (possibly the largest cobblestone building in the country), is built in Golden
  • The Adolph Coors Company is incorporated
  • Foss Drug is established at 1224 Washington Ave. in Golden, in a new, 1300 sq. ft. Mission Revival style brick store front
  • Adolph Coors becomes president of Herold China and Pottery Company (later becomes CoorsTek)

April 15, 1913

Colorado Legislature passes an act authorizing the city of Denver to establish the Denver Mountain Parks in the mountain areas of Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Grand Counties

May 17, 1913

Charles Quaintance opens dance pavilion and light tower on South Table Mountain. He also cuts a road up the mountain, offering tourists donkey rides to the top of Castle Rock.

December 4 & 5, 1913

Blizzard of 1913 dumps 4-5 feet of snow in Golden, Arvada, Morrison, and Evergreen, the largest 24 hour and overall storm amounts on record for Jefferson County. The death of pioneer resident John Bergen in Evergreen and the probable death of Golden dairyman John Klaassens are attributed to the storm.

December 31, 1913

Sheriff Joseph Dennis orders all slot machines in Jefferson County closed down


The Lariat Trail, also known as the Lariat Loop Road, to Lookout Mountain Park at the top of Lookout Mountain completed by William “Cement Bill” Williams


  • George Turner begins building Turnerville, the precursor of Tiny Town, a miniature town for children, on the location of the Denver-Leadville Stage Coach Station. Originally built to entertain his young daughter, Turnerville grows large enough to open to the public in 1920.
  • Enterprise Grange #25 builds a new Grange Hall at 72nd Ave. and Simms Street


  • Coors Brewery dumps its entire stock of beer (about 17,000 gallons) into Clear Creek due to prohibition. The Brewery adapts by making a non-alcoholic beer called Mannah and malted milk.
  • The Town of Morrison purchases its first piece of fire equipment: a two-wheeled, hand-pulled hose cart, with 500 ft. of fire hose

January 1, 1916

Statewide prohibition of alcohol goes into effect, four years before the federal Volstead Act. 


  • Lorraine Lodge (now Jefferson County’s Boettcher Mansion), Charles Boettcher’s summer home on Lookout Mountain, completed. Designed by Denver architects Fisher and Fisher, the Arts and Crafts-style home was given to Jefferson County by Boettcher’s granddaughter, Charline Breeden, in 1972; it is now open to the public for tours and special events.
  • Mother Cabrini dies
  • Long Bros. Garage in Conifer opens

June 3, 1917

Buffalo Bill, who died January 10, 1917, is buried on top of Lookout Mountain near the current site of the Pahaska Tepee, built in 1921 as his museum. 20,000 mourners attend.


  • Designed by Jules Jacques Benois Benedict, the Chief Hosa Lodge opens in Genesee Park as a restaurant and rest stop along U.S. Highway 40. 
  • John Brisben Walker’s private summer retreat on Mount Falcon burns to the ground

June 1918

Staunton Ranch is homesteaded by Dr. Archibald G. Staunton. Eventually grows to encompass 1,720 acres and is given to the State of Colorado in 1986 to become Staunton State Park.


Spanish influenza epidemic hits Jefferson County, hospitalizing hundreds and claiming lives including Golden City Councilor Oscar Nolin and pharmacist Henry Foss. All public meetings and assemblies are banned.


  • The Golden Chautauqua is organized, first held in a large tent on the field in front of Stratton Hall on the Colorado School of Mines campus. Last for four seasons.
  • Mrs. Clemency McIlvoy deeds her home and three acres to the Town of Arvada to become Arvada’s first park

January 16, 1919

The federal Volstead Act brings prohibition to the entire country

August 10, 1919

First airplane to fly over Golden flies over Genesee Mountain and drops a wreath on Buffalo Bill’s grave