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Denver in Denver County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Let the Buyer Beware

Wall Street of the Rockies

 

—Seventeenth Street. Denver, Colorado —

 
Let the Buyer Beware Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jeff Smith, circa July 8, 2010
1. Let the Buyer Beware Marker
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.

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. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 45′ N, 104° 59.771′ W. Marker was in Denver, Colorado, in Denver County. Marker could be reached from the intersection of 17th Street and Larimer Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker was 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 location. Mint Robbery (here, next to this marker); The City Beautiful (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Elmo Hotel (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clark and Gruber Mint (was about 600 feet away but has been reported missing. ); General Electric Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Larimer Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Silas S. Soule (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barney Ford Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2012, by Jeff Smith of Corona, California. This page has been viewed 851 times since then and 52 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on February 3, 2012, by Jeff Smith of Corona, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area view of the former location of the marker and its surroundings. • Can you help?
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