Joe and Ruby Meyer opened Meyer Hardware & Sporting Goods in 1945 on Washington Avenue in Golden, Colorado. It was located at 1103 Arapahoe Street when it closed permanently on September 25, 2021. For the last 45 years Steve Schaefer had been operating this fundamental business just off Golden’s main drag.
“As a teenager, I’d walk across Clear Creek from my junior high school to my family’s hardware store, spending my afternoons assembling bicycles, mopping the floors, and eventually working on the sales floor helping customers. Little did I know that I’d continue my family’s legacy there…,” said Schaefer.
Read Schaefer’s short memoir in the next edition of Discover magazine, coming in spring 2022. (If you’re not on the mailing list and you’d like to be, just let us know at 303-278-3557 or send a message.)
Dozens of photos of the store’s staff, artifacts, and related items are included in the Museum’s Online Collection.
Do you have memories you’d like to share of shopping at Meyer Hardware?
All photo rights belong to Golden History Museum & Park, City of Golden.
Finally, check out this short piece from 9News shot on one of the last days of operation in Golden.