“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)

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. 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. Touch 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. Mint Robbery (here, next to this marker); St. Elmo Hotel (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clark and Gruber Mint (about 600 feet away); 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. mile 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 August 31, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2012, by Jeff Smith of Corona, California. This page has been viewed 801 times since then and 2 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.
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