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Name St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Details Founded in 1867 with Bishop Joseph Projectus Machebeuf as first presiding minister. The first chapel stood at the northeast corner of today's 14th and Ford Streets, the wooden church, measured 20x50 feet, was built by contractor John G. Hendrickson and described by the Transcript as "a neat, modest edifice, and an ornament to the town." The chapel didn't have a bell yet, but would at last get one in 1874.

The Transcript had this to say about about their first service held on MAy 19, 1867:
"THE CATHOLIC SERVICE. - Rev. Father Machebeuf held service for the first time on last Sabbath in the new Catholic Chapel that has recently been erected here; although the weather was quite disagreeable, from a continual fall of snow and rain during the day, the house was crowded by an attentive and interested congregation. The building has not yet been completed inside, but temporary seats were furnished, and an altar erected and ornamented very testily after the peculiar manner of the Romish Church. The splendid choir of the Catholic Church in Denver was present, and added greatly to the interest of the occasion by their excellent performance. Father M. did not intend this service as a dedication of the chapel, as this building is intended merely to serve temporarily, until the fine brick church which he has in contemplation is erected, when this will be used as a school-house. We believe a priest will be settled here permanently as soon as practicable, but we did not learn his name. Father Machebeuf has certainly displayed great energy in carrying forward this enterprise, and doubtless a large flock will be gathered here to worship in this modest little edifice."

Originally diverse congregation of several languages and known to worship in English and German. First permanent home at today's 1323 Ford Street used in 1867-1899. Second permanent home at 510 14th Street used in 1899-1958. Third permanent home at 1401 East Street used in 1958-1984. Fourth and current permanent home at 969 Ulysses Street used in 1984-today.

Associated Records

Image of 2011.020.080 - Scrapbook

2011.020.080 - Scrapbook

Object list can be found in the front of the three-ring binder. 1) -"Home continues to make history" by Lorraine Wagenbach; The Colorado Transcript September 27, 1983 2) -"Action Center puts people back on feet" by Lorraine Wagenbach; The Colorado Transcript April 16, 1981 3) -"Talking back to clich├ęd vocabulary" by Lorraine Wagenbach; Rocky Mountain News January 17, 1983 -"On Words and Numbers" by Lorraine Wagenbach, 2 pages -Correspondence to Speak Out Editor from Lorraine Wagenbach, July 6, 1982 -Correspondence from Bill Hosokawa of The Denver Post to Lorraine Wagenbach, May 14, 1982 -Correspondence from Lorraine Wagenbach to William Hornby editor of The Denver Post May 7, 1982 4)

Image of 2015.014.293 - Map

2015.014.293 - Map

Map of Golden, Colorado titled "Bird's Eye View of Golden, Colo. Co. Seat of Jefferson County. 1882". The map shows various landmarks of Golden and the surrounding scenery and land formations. Three smaller insets in the map show Golden Smelting Works, Miners Smelting Works, and Golden City Brewery, A. Coors. Beck and Pauli are listed as the lithographers from Milwaukee Wisconsin. Located below the map is a legend listing the various landmarks of Golden with the corresponding numbers on the map. There is a stamp in the lower left corner: Library of Congress, Copyright Oct. 14 1882, No. 17102, City of Washington. Back has a stamp that says the copy came from Image Trader out of Arizona, bu

Image of 2015.015.001 - Map

2015.015.001 - Map

Map of Golden, Colorado titled "Bird's Eye View of Golden, Colo. Co. Seat of Jefferson County. 1882". The map shows various landmarks of Golden and the surrounding scenery and land formations. Three smaller insets in the map show Golden Smelting Works, Miners Smelting Works, and Golden City Brewery, A. Coors. Beck and Pauli are listed as the lithographers from Milwaukee Wisconsin. Located below the map is a legend listing the various landmarks of Golden with the corresponding numbers on the map. There is a stamp in the lower left corner: Library of Congress, Copyright Oct. 14 1883, No. 17102, City of Washington.

Image of 2011.003.009 - Postcard, Picture

2011.003.009 - Postcard, Picture

Black and white panoramic picture postcard of downtown Golden with St. Joseph's Catholic Church located in the foreground. The Armory building is located on the left side of the postcard with the Colorado School of Mines Experimental Plant located in the background along Clear Creek. Golden High School is located on the right side of the postcard.

Image of 2011.020.091 - Calendar

2011.020.091 - Calendar

Calendar produced by The Golden Landmark's Association to commerate the organization's 20th anniversary in Golden, Colorado. Each month has a picture of a prominent building in Golden with the exception of January which has an arieal view of Golden.

Image of 2013.049.017 - Calendar

2013.049.017 - Calendar

Paper, spiral bound 1974 calendar titled "Golden Landmarks" with original images by local artists. Produced by Golden Landmarks Association. Contains artwork and descriptions of Golden City, First Presbyterian Church, Guggenheim Hall, Welch Ditch, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Calvary Episcopal Church, Grist Stone, Burgess House, Bawolski House, Hampton House, and Castle Rock.

Image of 2014.063.001 - Postcard, Picture

2014.063.001 - Postcard, Picture

Used black and white postcard of Golden at night looking towards Castle Rock. St. Joseph Catholic Church is in the middle right. Printed across the front bottom: 1527 Castle Rock Mountain Railway and Park at Golden Colo. "A unique night trip from Denver." Back of card is dated Mar 2, 1917. Card addressed to Mary Dedisse from Louisa Hicks.

Image of 2015.007.001 - Postcard

2015.007.001 - Postcard

One color postcard with an aerial view of downtown Golden, Colorado. Some landmarks of Golden are shown: St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bella Vista Hotel, Guggenheim Hall, Jefferson County Courthouse, Mount Zion, and Lookout Mountain. Written on the top of the postcard: 1800; Golden, Colorado; and On Colorado & Southern Ry. Postmark on the back is Golden, Colo. Sept 23, 1911 9am.

Image of History of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Golden, CO from 1899-1949, when it was located on the northeast corner of 14th Street and Ford. Title page signed by author. Hand-written dedication on title page reads: A gift to the DAR Museum from the Leith family.

History of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Golden, CO from 1899-1949, when it was located on the northeast corner of 14th Street and Ford. Title page signed by author. Hand-written dedication on title page reads: A gift to the DAR Museum from the Leith family.

History of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Golden, CO from 1899-1949, when it was located on the northeast corner of 14th Street and Ford. Title page signed by author. Hand-written dedication on title page reads: A gift to the DAR Museum from the Leith family.

Image of 2011.020.046 - Print, Photographic

2011.020.046 - Print, Photographic

Black and white panorama photograph of Golden, Colorado taken from South Table Mountain looking toward the West. Lookout Mountain, Mount Zion, and the Colorado School of Mines "M" are seen in the background. The Jefferson County Courthouse located at the top of Washington Avenue is seen near the background along with Guggenheim Hall. Bella Vista Hotel and Saint Joseph's Catholic Church are seen on the right side of the photograph.

Image of 2011.099.370 - Print, Photographic

2011.099.370 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph of Saint Joseph's pioneer catholic church with white siding. Immediately to the right, wood scaffolding is visible around the steeple of the new pressed brick church under construction. The rectory is in the background along with two other buildings. The dirt road in the foreground is today's 14th Street. Written on the lower left corner: 1867 Catholic Church.

Image of 2011.099.497 - Print, Photographic

2011.099.497 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph of two engines of a freight train in the foreground with the Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in the background. A pickup truck is shown at the right in front of Peterson's Gulf Service Station. The back end of a car is located on the left side of the photograph. Church is located at 14th and Ford Streets. South Table Mountain is located in the background. Written at the bottom: 830-F and D & IM 1951.

Image of 2011.099.622 - Print, Photographic

2011.099.622 - Print, Photographic

Black and white aerial photograph of Golden taken from 14th and East Streets looking Northwest. St Joseph's Catholic Church is located in the lower left corner. Mitchell Elementary School is located in the middle of the photograph toward the left side. The Baptist Church is located across the street from the school. Coors Porcelain and the Golden Mill are visible along Ford Street located toward the background of the photograph.

Image of 2011.099.624 - Print, Photographic

2011.099.624 - Print, Photographic

Black and white panoramic photograph of downtown Golden, circa 1915. Mount Zion and Lookout Mountain are located in the background. Jefferson County Courthouse, Colorado School of Mines, Bella Vista Hotel, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and the Golden Mill are visible in the downtown area.

Image of 2011.099.635 - Print, Photographic

2011.099.635 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph of various residences in Golden. All of the yards have tall trees surrounding the buildings. Some of the businesses are visible, including the St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Image of 2011.099.636 - Print, Photographic

2011.099.636 - Print, Photographic

Black and whitepanoramic photograph of Golden with Clear Creek running along the right side of the photograph. Downtown Golden is located on the left side of the Clear Creek. Saint Joseph's Catholic Church is located in the middle of the photograph in the foreground. Bella Vista Hotel is located on the left center of the photograph. The Jefferson County Court House is located in the middle of the photograph on the edge of town. Mount Zion is located in the background on the left side of the photograph.

Image of 2011.099.649 - Print, Photographic

2011.099.649 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph of buildings in the downtown area of Golden. Saint Joseph's Catholic Church is located toward the foreground of the photograph with some residential buildings around the church. South School is in the background with some buildings on the Colorado School of Mines campus nearby. Mount Zion is behind South School with Welch Ditch at the base.

Image of 2011.099.994 - Print, Photographic

2011.099.994 - Print, Photographic

Black and white panoramic photograph of Golden viewed down 15th Street with the Jefferson County Courthouse located on the right side of the photograph. A School of Mines building can be seen on the left side of the photograph. Saint Joseph's Catholic Church is located in the background along with Coors Brewery. Castle Rock with the dance pavilion visible on the top is located in the background along with South Table Mountain and North Table Mountain on the left. Welch Ditch is located near the base of Castle Rock.

Image of 2012.010.088 - Print, Photographic

2012.010.088 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph of Golden, CO looking west up Clear Creek Canyon.

Image of 2012.051.019 - Print, Photographic

2012.051.019 - Print, Photographic

Black and white panoramic photograph of Golden, Colorado in the 1930's looking toward the Northwest from South Table Mountain. Saint Joseph's Catholic Church is located in the front left corner with Craig-Fredrick Chevrolet dealership located diagonally across the street from the church. Mitchell Elementary School is located on the left side of the photograph near the middle with the First Baptist Church of Golden across the street from the school. Golden High School is seen toward the middle of the photograph on the right with Coors Porcelain Company more on the right side. The Golden Mill is seen along Ford Street near the right side of the photograph. Toward the background of the photograp