Genesee Park - Golden, CO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 39° 42.673 W 105° 18.818
13S E 473115 N 4395752
Quick Description: Genesee Park is the largest of Denver's Mountain Park system. Genesee is reported to be a Native American term for "shining valley."
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 12/6/2012 6:03:44 PM
Waymark Code: WMFW6A
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
"Genesee Park History
Genesee Park was an early focal point in Mountain Park acquisition. Before the Mountain Parks Commission (MPC) was fully organized, private companies planned to log areas of old-growth Ponderosa Pine. Advocates of the new park system rushed to acquire these lands and held them until the MPC was ready to purchase them. Genesee was the first park in the system, and remains the largest, with new acreage added in 1937 and 2007.

In 1914, Denver acquired bison and elk from the herds at Yellowstone Park, and Genesee Park took on a new role in helping maintain these two species, then nearing extinction. Watching the bison herd along I-70 is still a major interest of park visitors. In 1939, a new bison herd was established at Daniels Park; each herd is managed at about 24 adult animals.

More on Denver's Bison:
Colorado Serenity article, March 2011 (visit link)
Denver Post article, March 21, 2011 (visit link)

The Beaver Brook Trail, completed by Colorado Mountain Club volunteers in 1918, connects this large park to another early park, Lookout Mountain Park. It offers a rugged backcountry experience along its 8.75-mile (14 km) length, and is accessible, as historically, only for hikers. Denver hikers used to take the trolley to Golden, then travel by train to the Beaver Brook station in Clear Creek Canyon to access the Beaver Brook Trail and Genesee Park. Chief Hosa Lodge, also built in 1918, provided camping and refreshment for these hikers, who often stayed overnight before returning to Denver again via train and trolley. The Lodge was designed by J.J.B. Benedict and built of native stone and logs from the site, as was a nearby shelter to the north.

During the New Deal, two Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps operated near Genesee beginning in 1935. The large stone shelter near Genesee Mountain, completed in 1939 by the CCC workers, still provides space for group picnicking and family or organization events. With a capacity of 200, it is one of the largest shelters in the Mountain Parks; reservations for use are available by fee.

The Daughters of the American Revolution celebrate an annual, commemorative flag raising on Flag Day at the summit of Genesee Mountain. They have performed this service each June 14th since 1911. See story of an early celebration at the mountaintop (visit link) .

The Patrick House (an 1860 toll station in the park for collecting tolls from teams and stagecoaches at the onset of the gold rush) is the oldest building in the park, and serves today as a private residence for the caretaker of the bison herd." (from (visit link) )

The NRHP form for Genesee Park list many small structures which no longer exist. The campground is open from May 1st to the third weekend in September. (visit link) for more information.
Street address:
26771 Genesee Ln.
Golden, CO USA


County / Borough / Parish: Jefferson

Year listed: 1990

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event

Periods of significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924

Historic function: Landscape, Recreation And Culture

Current function: Landscape, Recreation And Culture

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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