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Municipal Facts
1918 cover featuring
Mt. Evans and Mountain Parks

Denver Boosters Pleased with Golden Trip

--from the Colorado Transcript, August 8, 1912

Lavish in their Praise of this Section and the Entertainment Given Them While Here --Much Good Will Result

(By S. R. in the Denver Post.)

The Denver boosters boosted for a big crowd Thursday-- they got it!

They boosted for a good day-- they got it!

They went out to see Golden and Lookout Mountain Park via the new "Funicular" railway-- they saw all three and had a good interesting instructive time doing it-- what more could a good booster ask for? Up to almost the start the day looked threatening-- just enough rain tame to settle the dust and clear the atmosphere-- not enough to cause one single booster to turn back.

The best part of these trips is that we invariably see more than we expect.

Very few who start out have any intimate knowledge of the country we are to see.

Very few realize until they do see sources of the territory around Denver.

But when one goes out along the different highways leading from Denver, and passes through miles of truck and farm crops, he suddenly understands what Denver may expect when all these crops are harvested and the money put into the farmers' pockets.

There were several bankers on Thursday's trip who could have told us that most of this money will find its way into Denver banks and stores before many weeks have passed.

We are not selfish in our efforts to boost the surrounding country, we want the money to come to Denver, but we also want to do something in return-- help the farmers to build good roads and do everything in our power to assist them in leading pleasant, comfortable, prosperous lives.

Thursday's trip was the third one, the largest one, and the most enjoyable one.

Ninety-two machines with fully 500 dead in earnest, noisy boosters rushed madly into Golden at 3:30. The start from inů The Post attracted an unusual amount of attention, with the gaily decorated machines and the earsplitting racket made by their occupants.

Mayor Hoyt of Golden , as all mayors are expected to be, is a nice big gentleman, who certainly made us feel, in his remarks, that Golden was proud to have the Denver boosters in its midst--as glad as we were to be there.

Charlie Quaintance, who owns a big rock out there somewhere that people ride "mountain goats" to reach, told us how glad he was to see us.

The rest of the Goldenites were just as happy to have us there, and made enough noise to let us know it. The Reform School band added to the welcome and made us feel that the intelligent training of these boys is certain to result in their living upright, happy lives in the future. They will entertain in their hearts a most kindly feeling for the men of their neighboring city--and that feeling is just what the Denverites are endeavoring to foster by making these weekly auto trips.

The expression on Lew Kimball's face when we reached the foot of his "Funicular" railway was worth making the trip to see.

He certainly made us feel welcome and the ride up the incline for over half a mile was the most enjoyable part of the trip.

Mr. Kimball is the type of man that boosts everything and boosts all the time. No one could talk to Mr. Kimball five minutes without thoroughly believing in that Incline road and in the wonderful scenic residence park at the top of it. And the best part of it is that neither was in any way a disappointment.

The view, as dull a day as Thursday, was truly wonderful as we went up the side of Lookout mountain.

Of course, it was a surprise to most everyone--few Denver people had any previous notion of what they would see.

You will notice that I mentioned Mr. Kimball first. That's because he started us up, car by car, remaining to see that everyone of us was comfortably seated.

Up at the top stood his associate, Mr. Vidler--hand out in welcome, and seven varieties of smiles on his countenance.

Mr. Vidler can smile some, too-- he doesn't have to say much--in fact, about all he could do Thursday was to wave us in the direction of a large bunch of watermelons.

Many of the party strolled over past Mr. Vidler's home to the Aspen Grove, where there were more melons.

Mrs. Vidler smiled her charming welcome as we passed. Everything seems different up at Lookout Mountain Park-- the views, the wonderful wild flowers, the natural beauty of the spot--it is no wonder that Mr. and Mrs. Vidler are so charming in the simple life they live in this marvelous place.

There was not a soul who went up to the park but became a booster for the incline and for this wonderful section that overlooks Denver. There is no question but that in two or three years' time the entire park will be built up with magnificent homes and cozy bungalows.

On our way back the entire party was entertained at the home of Mr. Adolph Coors, in Golden. The house and grounds were beautifully decorated in our honor, and the lunch served out under the trees. Mr. and Mrs. Coors and their charming daughters simply outdid themselves in serving a perfect luncheon with various "liquid" refreshments. Everybody enjoyed the delicious home-made sandwiches and salads--also beer!

Excellent taste was displayed in the appointments. I heard one man say that even "the bright silver and snowy white table linen tasted good."

The Coors home is certainly a wonderful place. It would take about seven columns to tell of the antiques, the beautiful paintings, rugs, etc., in the home itself. Adjoining the house is a building which includes a bowling alley, swimming pool and gymnasium, hothouses, etc.

To the people of Golden, to Mr. and Mrs. Vidler and Mr. Kimball, and to Mr. and Mrs. Coors: The Denver boosters like you all--what you did for us Thursday will always remain a pleasant recollection, and we all came home with a bigger, better and entirely new understanding of Golden and Lookout Mountain Park.

Let's keep up the friendships we made Thursday--let's keep a warm place in our hearts for what we saw, and do all we can to boost for the country we passed through Thursday.

NOTE: At first glance this article might seem to have little to do with the Denver Mountain Parks, but the "Denver boosters" were the very men who first promoted the idea and encouraged the City to adopt this innovative program. The Mountain Park concept was originally aided by men like Vidler and Quaintance in Golden, who foresaw the benefits that would result from proximity to the new parks.

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