Our History

In the late 1960’s several business owners saw that Golden had many needs for which tax revenues and other public funds were simply not available. They therefore formed the Golden Civic Foundation. The Foundation was incorporated on April 14, 1970, under the Colorado Non-Profit Act. The first organizational meeting was held on May 19, 1970.

The first Board of Directors included F.A. Foss, F.J. Pattridge, W.G. Brown, C. Goudge, and R.W. Todd. Over 25 other individuals have also served as a director of the Foundation.  Follow the timeline below to discover the fascinating history of the Foundation and to see the  myriad projects we have fostered that have shaped the Golden we enjoy today.

Golden Civic Foundation Historical Timeline

1970

Golden Civic Foundation Founded

Golden Civic Foundation Founded
In the late 1960’s several business owners including Heine Foss, Fred Pattridge and Joe Meyer saw that Golden had many needs for which tax revenues..Read More
1973

GCF Buys Properties

The Golden Civic Foundation bought the Exxon Gas Station and later the Husky Gas Station (1974) at 10th & Washington and then in 1976, sells those properties..Read More
1974

The First GCF Auction

Plans are developed and the first annual auction is held
1979

Painting of the Welcome Arch

Painting of the Welcome Arch
The GCF funded the painting of the Welcome Arch first in 1979 and soon again in 1987.
1982

Loan Program Established

Loan Program Established
In 1982 the Golden Civic Foundation approved a program for low interest loans for store front improvements and once the LDC went out of business,..Read More
1991

Table Mountain Inn Beginnings

Table Mountain Inn Beginnings
The first major project for the Foundation was the Table Mountain Inn. The Foundation purchased the former Holland House from the Colorado National Bank after the..Read More
1992

Civic Foundation Buys American Mountaineering Center

Civic Foundation Buys American Mountaineering Center
Another major project was the former Golden Senior High and Junior High School. The property was bought from the R-1 school district. Through a very..Read More
1993

Welcome Arch REPAIRED

The Golden Civic Foundation funds 50% of the cost to repair the badly worn and damaged Welcome Arch
1995

The Golden Hotel

The Golden Hotel
Yet another major project was the Golden Hotel located on the northwest corner of 11th & Washington. The Foundation purchased the 1.75-acre site that contained two..Read More

GCF Buys Historic Home

GCF Buys Historic Home
The Foundation purchased the property at 1211 Cheyenne, a historic home, and then sold it to Mark Donelson who remodeled it for an office while..Read More
1996

Golden Visitor’s Center

The Golden Civic Foundation loaned $75,000 to help build our beautiful Golden Visitor’s Center
1998

Christian Action Guild

Christian Action Guild
Barbara Foss purchases land and GCF funds are secured to build the Christian Action Guild at 14th & Ford Street. The The CAG refers clients to..Read More
2001

Bronze Fish Donated

Bronze Fish Donated
Local sculptor and long time Golden Civic Foundation Board Member, Pat Madison and his wife Judy donate Madison’s latest sculptures for the Clear Creek trail..Read More
2002

Clear Creek Commons

Clear Creek Commons
Another major project was Clear Creek Commons. The Foundation purchased the property at 11th and Washington, northeast corner, in case it might be needed for developing..Read More
2003

Mitchell School Site

Mitchell School Site
The Civic Foundation provided a loan to GURA so that GURA could purchase the Mitchell School site from R-1 school district. Clear Creek Square is..Read More

Miners Alley Playhouse Funded

Miners Alley Playhouse Funded
The Golden Civic Foundation agreed to give a substantial loan to support the Miners Alley Playhouse providing more support for continued Arts in our community.