The 1930s

July 11, 1930

Funicular fire on Lookout Mountain.


Colorado School of Mines' "M" on Mount Zion is lit for the first time.


Turkey Creek flood damages Tiny Town for the second time.

March 19, 1932

Colorado School of Mines emblem, the "M" on Mount Zion, is permanently lit.

April 1933

Prohibition ends. Coors Brewery operates 24 hours a day in order to meet demand, producing 350 barrels of beer per day.

July 7 & 8, 1933

Bear Creek flood starting at Sawmill Gulch and Mount Vernon Creek near Idledale claims five lives with major destruction of Bear Creek Canyon Road between Idledale and Morrison.

March 4, 1934

Major windstorm hits Golden, tearing the roof off the Everett Block at 12th and Washington and slamming it into the Rubey Block across Washington Avenue.

August 9, 1934

Flood of Bear Creek and Mt. Vernon Creek claims six lives with much property damage near Kittredge.


Fire destroys Tiny Town's Indian pueblo and many of its buildings. The miniature businesses and residences survive the fire.


Ralston Dam built as Depression-era federal works project.


Red Rocks Amphitheater near Morrison built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Denver Mountain Parks.


Coors' classic slogan "Brewed with pure Rocky Mountain spring water," adopted by the company.

March 27, 1937

Denver Fire Clay Mine north of Golden caves in, trapping three miners while one escapes. After 18 hours all miners are rescued uninjured.


Federal Correctional Institute establishes federal prison farm south of Green Mountain.

August 15, 1938

Jefferson County Pioneer Museum established by Jefferson County Commissioners with aid of Works Progress Administration. Operates today as the Golden History Center.

September 2 & 3, 1938

Bear Creek flood kills six people in Bear Creek Canyon between Morrison and Kittredge, with $450,000 in damage through Morrison.