Inscription. In the 1880s and 1890s Denver was the nation's headquarters for "con" men, a dubious honor that it maintained into the early years of the 20th century.
By Jeff Smith, circa July 8, 2010
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The most famous con man was "Soapy" Smith who sold $5.00 bars of soap from 17th Street, claiming that some had one hundred dollar bills inside the wrappers. (Marker Number 17.)
Location. 39° 45′ N, 104° 59.771′ W. Marker is in Denver, Colorado, in Denver County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 17th Street and Larimer Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Denver CO 80202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clark and Gruber Mint (about 600 feet away, in a direct line); Larimer Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Silas S. Soule (approx. 0.2 miles away); Constitution Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sugar Building 1906 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oxford Hotel and Annex (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry Lee Building - 1907 (approx. ¼ mile away); Wall Street of the Rockies (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Denver.
More about this marker. The marker is 18" diameter and embedded into the cement sidewalk near the street curb.
Also see . . . Alias Soapy Smith. This is the official website for the Soapy Smith Preservation Trust and home of the Friends of Bad Man Soapy Smith. It is maintained by the Smith family descendants of Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith. Our goal, through research and publication, is to reveal and preserve Soapy as an important historical figure of the late nineteenth-century American West. His story is a fascinating study in crime and the frailties of human nature. (Submitted on February 5, 2012.)
Additional keywords. crime, old west, gambler
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2012, by Jeff Smith of Corona, California. This page has been viewed 270 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on February 3, 2012, by Jeff Smith of Corona, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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