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The former Colorado National Bank, now the Renaissance Hotel. image, Touch for more information
By Mark Hilton, June 9, 2019
The former Colorado National Bank, now the Renaissance Hotel.
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 9w — "The Bank that Looks Like a Bank" — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
In 1915, this was the Colorado National Banks slogan. Designed by W.E. and A.A. Fischer, the buildings bronze vault and door weighs 73,000 lbs with supports walls three-and-a-half inches thick. Inside the vaults, the doors alone weigh 62,000 . . . — Map (db m135451) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 20w — “I’m Either a Lawyer or I’m Not. Don’t Drag Being a Woman Into It.” — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
In 1887, Mary Lathrop came to Denver to recover from tuberculosis. She became the city’s first female attorney in 1896. — Map (db m135517) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 15th / Wazee Street — 1865-1875 — 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 . . . — Map (db m118601) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 17e — 17th’S 25th Anniversary — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
On December 10, 1975, 17th Street celebrated its 25th year as a concrete street. Anniversary invitations were engraved in old English and former Governor John Love led the champagne toast. In 1950, amid great City Council debate, 17th Street . . . — Map (db m135544) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 18th St. Atrium / Littleton Creamery Beatrice Cold Storage Warehouse — Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
18th St. Atrium 1919 One of the last buildings constructed in "Warehouse Row," which stretched from Cherry Creek to the 1900 blocks of Wynkoop Street, 1621 18th Street originated as the warehouse and offices for Bourk, . . . — Map (db m97346) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Alfred Dach
This masonry labor for this memorial is donated by Stephan Dach in loving memory of his father Alfred who perished in the early years of World War II in a Nazi Concentration Camp. May this be a reminder of him and all those others who have perished . . . — Map (db m46101) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 5e — All Washed Up — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
The legend says that Denver's early settlers, who made their camp on the banks of Cherry Creek, laughed at the Arapaho, a local Indian tribe, for making their camp inconveniently far from the water's edge. The Arapaho warned the settlers of . . . — Map (db m135440) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 6e — Arapahoe Street — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Before the founding of the City of Denver, the tribe that camped in the area called themselves “Inuna-ina" meaning, “Our people.” This tribe was also known as “Arapaho,” the word for “trader” or . . . — Map (db m135442) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Armenian Genocide
April 24, 1915, in memory of one and one half million Armenians, victims of the first genocide of the twentieth century. — Map (db m46057) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Barney Ford Building — 1863 — Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
The significance of 1514 Blake St. lies in its connection to the remarkable life of black pioneer Barney Ford. Ford was born a slave on January 22, 1822 in Stafford, Virginia, but escaped to Chicago, where he worked with the underground railroad . . . — Map (db m118597) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Barteldes, Hartig Building — 1906 — Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
For more than a century, Denver's warehouse district has centered on Wynkoop. Stimulated by the arrival of the railroads in 1870 and the subsequent need for distribution services, an impressive array of three-to-five story warehouses, flat roofed . . . — Map (db m97395) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Blake Street Area — Lower Downtown Historic District — Established 1988 —
Blake Street was named after Charles Blake, who came to Denver in 1858, and established supply depots throughout Lower Downtown. Originally, the area was Denver's warehouse, brothel, and sporting house district. Some of the most infamous . . . — Map (db m97357) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Boeing RB-52B Stratofortress — USAF Serial Number 52-0005
The B-52 program had its roots in 1945, when the United States Army Air Forces sought to expand its capabilities with a long-range heavy bomber and jet powered flight. This resulted in the development of the Boeing YP-52 prototype that made its . . . — Map (db m119433) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 8w — Bonfils — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
"A dog fight on Champa Street is of more interest to Denverites than a war in Europe." Frederick Bonfils (1860-1933) Founder of The Denver Post and prominent philanthropist — Map (db m135447) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 13e — Boom and Bust — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
The downtown skyline was transformed in the late 1970s and early 1980s as the Denver economy boomed based on the price of oil. As oil prices fell below $10/barrel in 1986, Denver’s economy contracted. In 1986, the Denver economy entered its . . . — Map (db m135486) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — C. S. Morey Mercantile Building — 1896 — Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
Constructed in 1896 for $75,000, the Morey Mercantile Building was the first notable warehouse to be built after the 1893 silver crash. Designed by Gove & Walsh, the structure included a spice grinding mill, roasting plant, extract laboratory and . . . — Map (db m97396) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 3e — Cherry Creek Emigrant's Song — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
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Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Civil War Artillery — G.A.R. Memorial
(This memorial is made up to three plaques, each found at the base of a different piece of artillery.) Civil War Artillery 13-inch Seacoast Mortar Donated in 1897 by the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Artillery 11-inch . . . — Map (db m61985) WM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Clark and Gruber Mint — 1860 — Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
In the 1860’s, when gold from Colorado’s grubstakes began flowing into Denver at a mad pace, the costly and risky problem of shipping it to banks back East was neatly solved by Clark, Gruber and Co. In a building near this site, the banking firm . . . — Map (db m51712) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 4w — Coal Miner's Daughter — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Josephine Roche, daughter of a wealthy coal mine operator, ran for governor in 1934. She advocated a progressive sales tax that fell heavily on the rich. Although she lost the election, she became Assistant Secretary of Treasury, the second . . . — Map (db m135101) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Colorado Soldier's Monument
(West side): Colorado Territory - Organized February 28, 1861 Colorado Admitted as a State August 1, 1876 Census of Territory in 1861 - 23,331 War Governors William Gilpin Richard Ed Whitsitt Adjutant General 1861-1862 John . . . — Map (db m4745) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Colorado State Capitol Time Capsule
Memorial Stone commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the Colorado State Capitol. The time capsule beneath this stone contains messages and memorabilia from the people of Colorado in 1990 to its people in 2090. . . . — Map (db m46059) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Colorado State Veterans Memorial
Dedicated by the people of Colorado in gratitude and respect for the men and women who have proudly served and sacrificed in our nation’s armed forces. — Map (db m46079) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Colorado Volunteers — 1898-1899
(West Side:) Puerta Real, Royal Gate through which officers of the American Army entered the walled city to negotiate the Surrender of Manila Map of the Philippine Islands emblematic of the territory and . . . — Map (db m75608) WM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Constitution Hall
The First National Bank of Denver made its first home here in 1866, with a building constructed for a cost of $45,000. The bank stayed at this location for 10 years, enlarging rooms, installing fancy gas lights, and in 1875, adding a third floor . . . — Map (db m27508) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 5w — D&F Tower and Skyline Park — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
The D&F Tower at the corner of 16th and Arapahoe Streets is all that remains of the Daniels & Fisher department store that stood on this block. After its construction in 1911, the D&F Tower was for many years the tallest building in Denver. . . . — Map (db m135103) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Denver City — Lower Downtown Historic District — Established 1988 —
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 . . . — Map (db m27493) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Denver City Railway Building — 1883 — Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
Originally built as the stables for the Denver City Railway Company in 1883, this building was the birthplace of Denver's Public Transportation system. Horse drawn trolleys, soon replaced by one of America's most extensive cable car networks, . . . — Map (db m97394) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 15w — Denver Says "No" to Hate — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
November 18, 1997 While waiting for a bus on 17th Street, Oumar Dia was shot and killed because of the color of his skin. Jeannie Van Velkinburgh who came to his assistance was shot and paralyzed. In response to the murder, thousands of . . . — Map (db m135508) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Denver's Old City Hall
This bell is the only existing relic of Denver's old city hall. Built on this site in 1883 and razed in 1936. — Map (db m27292) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 7w — Don't Panic — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
The Silver Panic of 1893 brought 17th Street to her knees. Eventually she recovered; gold was the reason she survived. Golden riches arrived from the mines of Cripple Creek filling Denver's coffers. This Golden Era is symbolized by the gold . . . — Map (db m135105) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 16e — Dow Jones Average · Local Boy Makes Good — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Charles Henry Dow, the first editor of the Wall Street Journal, created the stock market index with Edward D. Jones in 1897. Dow, who had worked as a bookkeeper for a Leadville mining operation, was the first Vice-President of the International . . . — Map (db m135528) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 12w — E is for Equitable — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Constructed in 1890-92, the Equitable building is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has long been home to many of Denver’s most prestigious law firms and financial institutions, and is generally regarded as the last great building . . . — Map (db m135472) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Edward W. Wynkoop
This building is named for Edward W. Wynkoop (1836-1891) to honor his peacemaking efforts, though unsuccessful, to resolve the Indian-white conflict which resulted tragically in the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864. Exaggerated reports of . . . — Map (db m97294) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 10w — Four Corners — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
The four corners of 17th and Champa Streets are occupied by the Boston Building (1890), the Colorado National Bank (1915), the Railway Exchange (Title) Building (1937), and the Ideal Cement (Colorado Federal) Building (1907). All were built of . . . — Map (db m4659) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — General Electric Building
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m119861) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 21w — Gridlock — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
The five-pointed intersection at 17th and Broadway is the result of shifts in Denver’s street grid. The grid shift created the triangular-shaped block upon which the Brown Palace Hotel is located. Here, the original grid which runs parallel . . . — Map (db m135518) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 19e — Help! — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
On August 26, 1964 five thousand screaming fans waited outside the Brown Palace Hotel for hours hoping to catch a glimpse of their idols, the Beatles. Well-rehearsed in evading mobs, the “Fab Four” sneaked into the hotel through a . . . — Map (db m135538) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Henry Lee Building - 1907 — Lower Downtown Walking Tour
The pattern of ownership of 1545 Wazee Street symbolizes the development of Denver's rail age boom as an industrial and supply city requiring large scale warehousing. Its first owner and occupant, Henry Lee, was an agriculturist, pioneer gardener . . . — Map (db m27242) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Hop Alley/Chinese Riot of 1880 — Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
During the 1860's, the first Chinese settled in Colorado. Drawn here by the completion of the transcontinental railroad as well as by other demands for cheap manual labor. Existing amidst persecution, poverty and wretched living conditions, the . . . — Map (db m96238) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 19w — Human Rights Hero — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
“We have to organize. The best way to make the system work for us is cooperation.” -- Bernie Valdez (1912-1997) Co-founder of Latin American Education Foundation and the Latin American Research and Service Agency, and Head of the . . . — Map (db m135515) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — In Honor of Christopher Columbus
In Honor of Christopher Columbus (Cristoforo Colombo 1451-1506) Italian Visionary and Great Navigator This bold explorer was the first European to set foot on uncharted land, on a West Indies beach in 1492. His four voyages brought . . . — Map (db m4743) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — In Memory of Sadie M. Likens
1840-1920 Who devoted many years of her life aiding the survivors of the Civil War and other wars. Erected A.D. 1923 By the Grand Army of the Republic, affiliated orders and friends. — Map (db m5616) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Irving Hale
Scholar, Soldiers, Citizen Valedictorian of the first class, Denver high School, 1877. Graduated from United States Military Academy 1884 with record of 2070.4 out of possible 2075. War with Spain, Colonel 1st Colorado infantry U.S.V. His regiment . . . — Map (db m46108) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Joe P. Martinez
Dedicated to honor Private Joe P. Martinez, Colorado’s first Congressional Medal of Honor recipient of World War II. — Map (db m46100) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Larimer Street — Lower Downtown Historic District — Established 1988 —
General William H. Larimer, Jr., founder of Denver City which was established on November 22, 1858, named the city after the Governor of the Kansas Territory and the principal street after himself. Some of Denver’s first cabins were located at the . . . — Map (db m51710) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 2w — Let the Buyer Beware — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
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, . . . — Map (db m52186) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Local Transit Through the Ages — Look How Far We've Come — 1871-Present —
"Visitors to Denver will certainly find a great improvement because they will… step aboard any one of the different lines right at the door of Union Station." The Denver Post, May 26, 1918 (opening day of the Denver Tramway . . . — Map (db m118591) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Logan’s Memorial Day Order
General Orders, No. 11, Headquarters Grand Army of the Republic, Washington D.C. May 5, 1868. I. The 30th day of May, 1869, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of . . . — Map (db m46107) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Manny's Bridge
This bridge symbolizes the revitalization of lower downtown Denver in the late twentieth century and represents one of the many contributions made to our community by Emanuel "Manny" Salzman. After moving to LoDo in 1980, Manny and his wife, Joanne, . . . — Map (db m97412) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 14e — March On — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Seventeenth Street is home to many of Denver’s parades. Annual parades include: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Memorial Day Parade Veteran’s Day Parade Parade of Lights National Western Stock Show Parade Special . . . — Map (db m135525) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 21e — Menu for the Brown Palace — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
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Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Merchandise Mart — 1930 — Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
Built in 1930-31 as a multi-tenant warehouse, 1863 Wazee Street is representative of the final building period in Lower Downtown until the boom of the 1980's. Architect Montana Fallis used the modernistic style to establish this building as Denver's . . . — Map (db m97348) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 1w — Mint Robbery February 1864 — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
The first man to rob the Denver Mint was “Small Bad Jim” – James Clark. The gold bars were so heavy that he began dropping them only one mile away in what is now Cheesman Park. Six days later, the desperado was captured 25 miles . . . — Map (db m100808) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 13w — Misery — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Before the coming of the rails, stagecoaches were a major form of passenger transportation to and from Denver. In 1878, Helen Hunt Jackson wrote, The public coaches are here, as everywhere, uncomfortable, overloaded, intolerable. I know of no . . . — Map (db m135476) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 7e — National Woman Suffrage Movement — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Until 1911, Denver was the largest city in the nation where women could vote. Western states, including Colorado, were among the first to give women the right to vote. In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteed full . . . — Map (db m135444) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 12e — Origins — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Clark, Gruber and Company printed gold notes as well as producing $2.50, $5 and $20 gold pieces. After private mints were outlawed in 1864, the federal government took over the job as the Denver Mint. Clark, Gruber and Co. evolved to . . . — Map (db m135483) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 8e — Out with the Old... — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
The Skyline Urban Renewal Project consisted of twenty blocks between Curtis Street and Larimar Street that were demolished in the late 1960s to “remove blight” and make way for the new and modern. There is a noticeable difference in . . . — Map (db m135445) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Oxford Hotel and Annex — Lower Downtown Walking Tour
1891 The Oxford Hotel, built in 1891, is Denver's Oldest Hotel. Bankrolled by Brewer Adolph Zang and his partners Philip Feldhauser and William Mygatt, the hotel was designed by Denver's greatest 19th century architect, Frank E. Edbrooke. Through . . . — Map (db m6674) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 73 — Passing of the Street Car
This tablet is the Property of the State of Colorado —— This plaque was presented to the City of Denver by the Colorado State Historical Society and the American Pioneer Trails Association on June 3, 1951, the day . . . — Map (db m4679) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 4e — Private Profits and the Public Good — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Unlike San Francisco, which the Spanish founded as a mission, and Salt Lake City, which the Mormons started as a communal religious utopia, Denver originated as a place to make money. From the beginning, the town aspired to be the supply hub: . . . — Map (db m135357) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 6w — Rails and Mountains — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Down 17th Street, Longs Peak is visible over the roof of Union Station. Together, they symbolize two bases of Denvers economy. Since its founding in 1858, Denver has taken advantage of its location for freight and passenger transportation. Starting . . . — Map (db m135104) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Red Light District Market Street — 1890 - 1912 — Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
'The wickedest street in the city' from the 1880's to 1912, Holliday (now Market Street) was awash in cheap cribs and elaborate bordellos, dance halls and seedy saloons where over 1,000 women sold their charms. In the bustling underground economy of . . . — Map (db m96234) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 1e — Rocky Mountain Fashion — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
“Your ruffle shirts, standing collars and all kinds of fine clothing had better be left in your wardrobe at home. Discard all cotton or linen clothing; adapt yourself at once to woolen and leather; provide yourself with woolen underclothes. . . . — Map (db m135351) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 280 — Sand Creek Massacre
The controversy surrounding this Civil War Monument has become a symbol of Coloradens' struggle to understand and take responsibility for our past. On November 29, 1864, Colorado's First and Third Cavalry, commanded by Colonel John Chivington, . . . — Map (db m6755) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 11e — Shock Treatment — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
By 1886, Denver’s transportation system was becoming more sophisticated with the use of an electric streetcar system. However, by 1887 its use declined and this mode of transport was ultimately abandoned. The electricity was inadequate and . . . — Map (db m135480) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Silas S. Soule
At this location on April 23, 1865, assassins shot and killed 1st Colorado Cavalary Officer Capt. Silas S. Soule. During the infamous Sand Creek Massacre of November 29, 1864, Soule had disobeyed orders by refusing to fire on Chief Black Kettle's . . . — Map (db m67133) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 40 — Smoky Hill Trail
This tablet is the Property of the State of Colorado —— Here was the end of the famous Smoky Hill Trail Immigrant and stage road extending from the Missouri River to Denver. Traversed by pioneers in 1858. . . . — Map (db m4678) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 10e — Solid Investment — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Charles Boettcher (1852-1948) was a German immigrant who played several key roles in the state’s economic development. He introduced the sugar beet industry to Colorado and established the Great Western Sugar Company. While building sugar beet . . . — Map (db m135478) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Spratlen-Anderson Building — 1906 — Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
On the original site of the Washington Hotel and Studebaker Buggy and Carriage House, this building was constructed in 1906 as a four-story warehouse for the Spratlen-Anderson Mercantile Co. Frank Edbrooke designed the original structure, as well as . . . — Map (db m97415) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — St. Elmo Hotel — 1896 — Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
The St. Elmo Hotel, constructed in 1896, joined a pantheon of grand and small hotels clustered in lower downtown to serve railroad travelers. In 1870, the first Denver Pacific locomotive pulled into Denver, and prosperity followed close on its . . . — Map (db m97391) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Sugar Building 1906 — Lower Downtown Walking Tour
The sweet smell of success pervaded the Sugar Building from 1906, when it was constructed by the Great Western Sugar Company. During the 1920's, GW became the largest producer of sugar beets in the country. The original building was four stories . . . — Map (db m22304) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 9e — Take Your Pick — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
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Colorado (Denver County), Denver — The Auraria Townsite and Ninth Street Historic Park
The Auraria higher education center is located on the site of Denver’s oldest continuously occupied settlement. In 1858, William Green Russell and his brothers found gold nearby and established this pioneer town of Auraria, which merged with Denver . . . — Map (db m51708) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 11w — The Barnes Dance — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
The first traffic signal with a pedestrian "walk" component was installed here by Henry Barnes in 1952. The resultant diagonal crossing pattern was reminiscent of a square dance colloquially known as "the Barnes Dance." Barnes stated, "The . . . — Map (db m135470) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — The Birth of Denver Mass Transit
The evolution of mass transit in Denver began in 1871 and by the mid-1880s the system (eventually called the Denver City Railway) boasted 45 coaches and a sixteen-mile network of rails. In 1886, the Denver Tramway Company inaugurated the nation's . . . — Map (db m135546) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 16w — The Black Baron — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Mr. Barney Ford (1822-1902) was a former slave who dared to venture forth in the new frontier of Colorado. He eventually settled in Denver becoming a political activist, prominent businessman and sometimes millionaire. — Map (db m135510) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — The Buckhorn Exchange — Established 1893 — Denver’s Oldest Restaurant —
In November 1893, Henry H. “Shorty Scout” Zietz opened a saloon in this building, which was built about 1886 by Neef Brothers Brewery. Known as the Rio Grande Exchange, the saloon catered to the railroaders working across Osage Street at . . . — Map (db m51709) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 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 . . . — Map (db m118598) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — The Edbrooke Lofts
This site has been home to: 1880 • The Washington Hotel 1896 • Studebaker Buggy & Carriage Works 1902 • The Spratlen-Anderson Wholesale Grocery Company 1923 • Davis Brothers Drug Company 1957 • Lande Manufacturing 1990 • Edbrooke . . . — Map (db m97417) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — The House of Mirrors — 1942 Market Street
This building was constructed by madam Jennie Rogers in 1889 and became the classiest bordello in the Rocky Mountain West. Another famous pleasure queen, Mattie Silks, operated the business from 1911 until it was closed by federal edict in . . . — Map (db m96236) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — The Molly Brown House
Has been designated a Registered National Historic Building under the provisions of the historic site act of 1935. This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the State of Colorado United States Department . . . — Map (db m47192) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — The People of the Station — and the Stories they Tell — Voices from the Past —
”Union Station belongs to all of us.” Union Station neighbor, 2002 Rich or poor, famous or anonymous, everybody passed through Union Station from the time it opened in 1881. A trip to the station meant something new was . . . — Map (db m118585) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 32 — The Rocky Mountain News
This tablet is the Property of the State of Colorado On this site stood the original home of Rocky Mountain News First newspaper established in the Pike's Peak Gold Region Founded by Wm. N.Byers, April 23, 1859, . . . — Map (db m5780) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 14w — The Stock Market Crash of 1929 — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Overnight, paper empires collapsed. Prominent businessman Claude Boettcher borrowed $2 million in life insurance and plunged into the market to recoup his losses. Fifty-six of Colorado’s 174 state and national banks closed their doors. — Map (db m135490) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — The Women's Suffrage Association of Colorado
Was founded on this site at a meeting in the Unity Church on January 11, 1876. In 1893 Colorado became the second state in the Union to grant women the right to vote. — Map (db m135106) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 20e — Those Illustrious Browns — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Orphaned at age seven, Henry C. Brown worked on a farm in Ohio where he learned carpentry. In 1860, Brown moved to Denver and set up shop. He went on to become one of Denver’s most important early developers. He donated land for the State Capitol, . . . — Map (db m135541) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 18e — Top of the World — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Long’s Peak, visible at the end of 17th Street, is 14,255 feet in elevation. The National Forest Service lists 54 peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation within the state of Colorado. Mt. Elbert at 14,433 feet it the highest peak in the Rocky . . . — Map (db m135531) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Union Station — 1880 / 1914 — Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
Denver's Union Station was constructed to consolidate rail activity in the City and to replace the four separate stations serving the boom town. When completed in 1890 in an Italianate style of Colorado Rhyolite with sandstone trim, the station . . . — Map (db m118592) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Union Station Area — Lower Downtown Historic District — Established 1988 —
Denver's emergence as the metropolis of the Rockies is directly related to its role as the regional rail hub. When the transcontinental railroad chose Cheyenne and not Denver as its gateway to the west, Denverites rallied. Civic leaders such as . . . — Map (db m4641) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Union Station Timeline — 1881-2014
1881: Union Depot, constructed in the High Victorian Eclectic style, opened on June 1 at a cost of $525,000 1883: On November 18, the railroads instituted a time zone system specifically to keep trans on time at Union Depot and across the . . . — Map (db m118576) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — USS Colorado BB-45
Dedicated to the men who served aboard the U.S.S. Colorado (BB-45) March 1921-June 1959. Tarawa • Kwajalein • Eniwetok • Saipan-Guam • Tinian • Leyte • Mindoro • Luzon • Okinawa • Japan. Dedicated March 21, 1997 — Map (db m46195) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 18w — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
17th Street earned this title long ago based on its status as the business and financial center of the Rocky Mountain Region. Many consider 17th Street the “right address” for business success. Denver’s major banking institutions, . . . — Map (db m135513) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Warehouses — Lower Downtown Historic District — Established 1988 —
Denver grew from its humble beginnings along the banks of Cherry Creek in the 1860’s, to a well-organized and prosperous city by the turn of the century. The “rail-age” of Denver’s history brought tremendous growth and turned thought . . . — Map (db m118595) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Welcome to Union Station — Denver's Transportation Hub — 1881 - Present —
"Without railroads, Denver would be too dead to bury." Thomas Durant, Vice President Union Pacific Railroad, 1867 A survivor of fire and floods, Union Station is at the head of our railroad history. Landlocked, Denver needed . . . — Map (db m118570) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 15e — Welton Street — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Welton Street connects Downtown to Five Points, the historical commercial center of the African-American community. The name of the neighborhood comes from the five-pointed intersection where 26th Avenue, 27th Street and Washington Street meet . . . — Map (db m135527) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 17w — Western Philosophy — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
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Colorado (Denver County), Denver — When the Depot Became a Station — 1914
”This is our history – from the Transcontinental Railroad to the Hoover Dam, to the dredging of our ports and building of our most historic bridges – our American ancestors prioritized growth and investment in our . . . — Map (db m118589) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Windsor Farm Dairy Building / The Crocker Cracker Factory — Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
Windsor Farm Dairy Building 1918 A building with a milky past, the Windsor Farm Dairy was built in 1918 for $30.000. A leading Denver architectural firm, Fisher & Fisher, designed this red brick structure with terra cotta . . . — Map (db m97358) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — WWII 10th Mountain Division — United States Army
This monument is dedicated to the World War II 10th Mountain Division soldiers. Their unique talents and heroic deeds contributed to the Aleutian Islands Campaign and the earlier termination of the war in the Italian Theater of Operations. Special . . . — Map (db m105783) HM WM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — Wynkoop Street RR Bridge — 1908 — Lower Downtown Walking Tour —
Denver's first settlement was along the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. Arapahoe Indians named Cherry Creek for the wild chokecherries they harvested here in the fall. They respected the stream's power and warned the first . . . — Map (db m96283) HM
Colorado (Denver County), Denver — 2e — Yo Soy Joaquin — Wall Street of the Rockies — Seventeenth Street Denver, Colorado —
Rodolfo Corky Gonzales born in Denver June 18, 1928, son of a migrant worker, helped organize and lead the Chicano civil and human rights movement of the 1960s and '70s. He advocated equality, justice and self-determination for the Chicano/Mexicano . . . — Map (db m135326) HM

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