Denver in Denver County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The City Beautiful
Lower Downtown Historic District
—Established 1988 —
Denver's municipal facts book of 1909 states "Denver is known in every civilized country as the 'City of Lights.'" Electric light bulbs were considered a miraculous new invention and Denver took full advantage of the ease and elegance these lights gave to city streets.
The city streets were first lit in 1907. Three years later, Henry Read, President of the Art Commission, designed lights for 15th, 16th, and 17th Streets. The lights were lit from dusk until 10 o'clock P.M., enhancing Denver's growing nighttime entertainment.
The artistic cast iron lights with hand-forged filigree were the inspiration for the current street lighting. Originally designed to carry overhead electric wires, the stout poles served as supports for electric trolley car cables.
The Welcome Arch at Union Station was another mark of the City Beautiful Movement. Built in 1906 at a cost of $25,000, the 70 ton bronzed steel arch was 65' high by 85' wide. Spanning 17th Street with 2,194 light bulbs, the arch originally carried the word "Welcome" on both sides. In 1908, the east side was changed to read "Mizpah." Although many joked that this was the American Indian word for "Howdy," "Mizpah" was actually a common parting salutation from the Hebrew language.
The arch was torn down for scrap metal in 1931 due to the high
Erected by Lower Downtown Historic District.
Location. 39° 45.029′ N, 104° 59.81′ W. Marker is in Denver, Colorado, in Denver County. Marker is on 17th Street south of Market Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted at eye-level, directly on the Market Center building, facing 17th Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1330 17th Street, Denver CO 80202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Let the Buyer Beware (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Mint Robbery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Elmo Hotel (about 400 feet away); Clark and Gruber Mint (was about 500 feet away but has been reported missing. ); General Electric Building (about 700 feet away); Barney Ford Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oxford Hotel and Annex (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sugar Building 1906 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denver.
Also see . . .
1. The City Beautiful Movement in Denver.
Denver was a thriving but ugly city in 1901. It had grown (Submitted on June 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Welcome Arch at Union Depot, Denver (1908).
This is an amazingly crisp and clear photo of the welcome arch by Union Station in Denver. This photo looks out towards 17th Street. Denver's famous Welcome or Mizpah Arch was built in front of Union Station on 17th Street just west of Wynkoop Street; the arch was formally dedicated on July 4, 1906. (Submitted on June 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features •
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