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The mission of the Friends of the Astor House Museum and Clear Creek History Park is to connect people to the history of our 1800s hotel and homestead. We encourage our visitors to explore how the people of Golden, Colorado, settled a bustling town that served the developing West as a government center and mining supply town.
Built in 1867, the Astor House was known as the finest stone hotel west of the Mississippi. It offered rooms to lawmakers, laboreres, miners, students and families. A visit to the Astor House will take you back to a time when people, not so different from us, worked and played in the frontier towns of Colorado.
Walk through rooms where early lawmakers used kerosene lamps to burn the midnight oil--and we've still got soot on the ceiling to prove it. Wander around the "modern" 1890s kitchen that dished upwards of fifty meals twice a day. Can you tell the difference between a pickle poker, a cherry stoner, and the all-important hoosier? Spy for chamber pots under every bed. Stroll through a parlor filled with a pump organ, a stereoscope, and plenty of Victorian books for self-improvement. Rest assured--ladies' fainting couch available for times of need.
If the walls at the Astor House couuld talk, imagine the stories they would tell about the thousands of people needing a place to rest and call home.
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