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


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

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

The First GCF Auction

Plans are developed and the first annual auction is held

Painting of the Welcome Arch

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

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

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

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

Welcome Arch REPAIRED

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

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

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

Golden Visitor’s Center

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

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

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

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

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

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.