Denver in Denver County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
15th / Wazee Street
— Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
At the very heart of Denver’s rough beginnings, Fifteenth Street actually followed the old military trails from Santa Fe, Fort Union and trading posts north and south of Denver. It was here that General Larimer expropriated the one “cabin” claim of the St. Charles Township on the block between Blake, Wazee, 14th and 15th streets, and founded Denver City. In the wild days before the railroads came, this area was alive with stables, entrepreneurial ventures, nearby Indian encampments on Cherry Creek, and the comings and goings of thousands of gold-seekers. The great fire of 1863, which began in the rear of the Cherokee House Hotel at Blake and 15th streets on the night of April 19th, destroyed most of the wooden structures in the area. Rebuilding quickly commenced under new city regulations requiring brick construction. The row of buildings lining the southeast side of the 1500 block of Wazee Street represents this first wave of commercial brick buildings built after the fire. Merchants wanted to carve a name for themselves in the Queen City. Some of the earliest buildings in the row were the M.S. Brown and Brother Mercantile
Erected by Lower Downtown Historic District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 39° 45.017′ N, 105° 0.088′ W. Marker is in Denver, Colorado, in Denver County. Marker is at the intersection of 15th Street and Wazee Street, on the left when traveling north on 15th Street. Marker is a metal plaque, mounted at eye-level, just left of the entrance, directly on the corner of the building at this intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 15th Street, Denver CO 80202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Elephant Corral (within shouting distance of this marker); Spratlen-Anderson Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Edbrooke LoftsConstitution Hall (about 400 feet away); Barney Ford Building (about 500 feet away); Wynkoop Street RR Bridge (about 500 feet away); Henry Lee Building (about 500 feet away); Sugar Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denver.
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