North and South Table Mountains

AddressEast of Golden flanking Clear Creek
QuadGolden, 1965 (1994)
SectionT3S, R70W, S14,15,16,21,22,23,26, 27, 34, 35, T3S, R70W
SourceState Inventory Form #30/02/0083, Hiwan Homestead Museum Library.
Initialdate1998-06-26 00:00:00-06
Latestdate1998-07-16 00:00:00-06
HistoryThese flat topped mountains, or mesas, are capped by a basalt flow that originated from a volcano in the vicinity of Ralston Buttes during the Tertiary period. On North Table Mountain three successive flows are evident, and on South Table Mountain the latest two flows are evident, which, together, reach a thickness of about 150 feet. In 1913 a funicular, an inclined cable railroad, ran to a dance hall on Castle Rock, the westernmost promontory on South Table Mountain. In the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan burned crosses atop the rock. The dance hall burned down in 1927. Today the slopes are littered with landslide debris. Certain slide areas have affected irrigation ditches, railroads and highways. In one area along West 32nd Avenue the asphalt is over 13 feet thick because successive layers of pavement have had to be placed to maintain the street level.