This Week in Colorado History: Electricity and Bigamy

Lyman Hulen sat in the Golden jail this week in 1914, charged with bigamy. The case appeared fairly open and shut, as Hulen confessed to having married two women at once. However, it was complicated when Bertha Hulen “came to Golden…and after a short conversation…denied that he is now or ever has been her husband.” The other Mrs. Hulen was not feeling so gracious, and was “anxious to have the charge pressed.” Golden police contended Hulen was guilty, and Mrs. Hulen was making a futile attempt to clear him.

A Golden citizen, John Hockins, died this week in 1914 from injuries received “when he became entangled in the electrical trolley wires” in the Smuggler Mine in Telluride. Hockins had lived in Golden for two years prior to moving to Telluride around Christmas. He was survived by his sister in Golden and his mother in Cornwall.

Just as today’s Golden citizens look forward to the coming of an electric railroad, so did the Golden citizens of a hundred years ago. This week in 1914, “The Colorado Transcript” reported that an electric railroad would “soon be in operation to connect Golden with the funicular railway running to the summit of Lookout Mountain.” An ordinance to this effect was to be introduced to the city council and proponents were “securing the signatures of property owners along the proposed line, and [were] meeting with no opposition.”

The railroad was to start at Washington Avenue and Thirteenth Street, then follow Washington Avenue for a block until turning onto Fourteenth. It was to proceed on Fourteenth to Illinois, where it was to turn again. It was to then follow Illinois to Seventeenth and Seventeenth to Golden city limits. As a matter of interest, this route would have entailed passing directly by Chauvenet Hall and Guggenheim, as well as passing by the current site of Brown Building and Maple Hall.

Copyright © 2020 The Oredigger Newspaper. All Rights Reserved.