“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Denver in Denver County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Denver City

Lower Downtown Historic District


—Established 1988 —

Lower Downtown Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 24, 2007
1. Lower Downtown Historic District Marker
Inscription. The area known today as Lower Downtown, is the Location of the original town of Denver. Gold seekers from Lawrence, Kansas staked the first claim in September of 1858, under the name St. Charles Town Association, but they left only one man to protect their claim. Later that same year, another group from Kansas persuaded the lone man to relinquish the claim. General William Larimer, named the town in Honor of the Kansas Territorial Governor, James William Denver, to ensure the success of this new claim. There were only 25 cabins in Denver during that first winter of 1858, and less than 50 in the neighboring town of Auraria. However, the following year of 1859 brought thousands of men who had heard the often exaggerated tales of large gold strikes in the Denver area. Between the years 1850 and 1870, over 27 million dollars in gold was taken out of the vast wilderness area surrounding Denver. Although some settlers came to start a new life in this young town, most were only interested in making a quick fortune. As a result, Denver's rapidly growing population consisted largely of disorderly vagrants. In the beginning of Denver's History, most of the town's buildings were constructed of wood. Consequently, the fire of 1863 completely destroyed large portions of the young town. To prevent the possibility of future disasters, more
Lower Downtown Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 24, 2007
2. Lower Downtown Historic District Marker
permanent brick buildings were erected. These buildings, as well as the ones built during the ensuing years can still be seen in the Historic Lower Downtown District.
Erected 1988.
Location. 39° 44.917′ N, 105° 0.093′ W. Marker is in Denver, Colorado, in Denver County. Marker is at the intersection of Blake Street and 14th Street, on the right when traveling south on Blake Street. Click for map. Located where Blake Street crosses Cherry Creek on the northwest side of the street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1401 Blake Street, Denver CO 80202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Rocky Mountain News (within shouting distance of this marker); Constitution Hall (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Denver's Old City Hall (about 700 feet away); Wynkoop Street RR Bridge (about 700 feet away); Manny's Bridge (about 700 feet away); Larimer Street (about 800 feet away); The Edbrooke Lofts (about 800 feet away); Spratlen-Anderson Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Denver.
Also see . . .  Lower Downtown Historic District. Provides a map of LoDo, as it's locally known, and details on each historic building. (Submitted on March 27, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.) 
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable BuildingsNotable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,980 times since then and 144 times this year. Last updated on , by Bruce Quackenbush of Denver, Colorado. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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