Colorado's legendary pizza joint is celebrating 50 years, by not only having the employees now own the business, but by having a fun scavenger hunt to find gold.

Colorado's gold rush, known as the "Pikes Peak Gold Rush" of the late 1850's and 1860's, centered around Idaho Springs. That gold rush faded away, but the pizza place that grew out of it, remains. Beau-Jo's wants to celebrate Colorado and that rush.

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I'll bet that there's at least a little bit in everybody; that want to have lived back in the gold rush era days. Dreaming big, working hard, and with a lot of luck, striking it rich. It would be fun to at least have given it a shot. Now, the Colorado-born Beau-Jo's is (kind of) giving us that chance.

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Beau-Jo's fabled history dates back to the Colorado gold rush and a fur trapper in the area of Idaho Springs, Pete Zapigh; the pronunciation of Pete's last name was "pie," so so, when you say his first and last name it sounds a lot like "pizza pie." It would seem it was destined for Pete to give up his fur trapping and open a restaurant serving pizza.

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There are currently six, going on seven, Beau-Jo's across Colorado, with the largest being an off-shoot of that original location in Idaho Springs.

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As part of their 50th anniversary, Beau-Jo's has a scavenger hunt going on through May of 2023. They are giving out clues via their social media platforms, which will lead one winner to the treasure.

WHAT'S THE 'TREAURE' FOR BEAU-JO'S SCAVENGER HUNT?

They'll be giving away one ounce of gold to the person that finds and follows the clues to where the gold is "hidden" within the town of Idaho Springs. One lucky person will win what's valued at about $2,000; that's not "chump" change.

This sounds like a lot of fun: Hunting for gold, taking in some fresh Colorado air, having some Mountain Pies. Who's in?

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