“Secret Denver” dives into Denver’s weird, obscure historical past

Did you know that circus mogul Phineas T. Barnum owned 760 acres near Lowell Boulevard and Alameda Avenue? That is why it is called the Barnum area. But no, he did not “long for his elephants” there. (Provided by Reedy Press)

As a result of limited travel and limited tourism, the past few months have turned many of Denver’s residents into urban athletes.

This is because the waves of Colorado- and Denver-centric trips, and programs like History Colorado’s “The Lost Book of Astrid Lee” poachers, have used the plague (sometimes accidentally) and encouraged more people to learn more about Colorado’s capital city. .

So what’s left to unfold?

More, according to Eric Peterson and David Lewis, co-authors of “Secret Denver: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure.” The book, published on September 15, finds another problem with the author’s experience. (Later: free sign up at the Covered Treasure Bookstore in Monument on November 7.)

Given the curfew announced last week, it will be needed for the next several months.

The authors write at the beginning of a 200-page, graphic paper. “Or maybe it’s because Denver is the largest city in the United States.”

I like this last theory, as the Denver isolation has contributed to the social and economic success, as well as of our surroundings. But they often also make Colorado a place where international events are disrupted when they reach state borders.

The writers of “Secret Denver” recognize this, expand their interest beyond the capital and interpret the “history of Denver” freely. As mentioned, Denver is always the closest place to 600 miles on each side. As a result there is much to be found under “Denver history” that has not been done professionally in towns and districts.

Hypocrisy is getting better. Some stories sound familiar to locals (Frozen Dead Guy Days, ghosts, weapons-turned-wildlife) but expose them to outsiders. Peterson, a veteran veteran who owns a dozen books including his history, and Lewis, a former Denver writer and freelancer, takes the approach of journalism, but the magazine’s approach to writing.

“Themes” (both pages) are helpful: Readers can find tips to visit these amazing, old-fashioned restaurants, dine at restaurants, and camp in old art galleries, with phone numbers, websites and addresses in the help boxes. Much of the material is obscure, painted or placed with small signs that are now surrounded by very long stories.

The Denver Botanic Gardens, as well as the area adjacent to the Cheeseman and Congress, are housed in an ancient cemetery. Graves were recently revealed in 2008. (Provided by Reedy Press)

The stories are powered by photos (some new, some old) and the brand offers a “Denver Secret” a helpful, fast-paced request – something you can take and put in your spare time. This design is a bit simpler at times, more relevant in the mid-2000s than in this well-known study, and the darker and white images look like they passed by most artists.

But it has a book, not a TV series, so words are very important. I moved to Denver 20 years ago from Ohio and have been writing about the city ever since, including its history. Here are five of the most amazing things I’ve read (though there are many more):

“Denver’s False Beginning.”

The first settlement of pioneers in Denver was not, as many believe, at the South Platte River and Cherry Creek convention. The site is known as Grant-Pioneer Park (at 2300 S. Platte River Drive), the site was temporary. In 1858, when the site was part of the Kansas Territory, explorers built three rows of houses along the eastern bank of the South Platte River near its site and Little Dry Creek. Montana City, as they call it, became the first residential building within what is now the edge of Denver city.
So what happened? “The gold rush … to no avail, and the population dwindled rapidly. The houses were demolished in the winter and rebuilt on the Auraria River when the site became heated before being incorporated by Denver in 1860. ”A few remnants of the front page, with the exception of a car, a house model, a post and an Instagram post.

Contrary to popular belief, Montana, now known as Grant-Frontier Park, was the first regular pioneer in Denver. (Provided by Reedy Press)

“Shhh … Here’s a Guide to Denver’s Secret Wounds.”

Along with the Denver beverage culture (including several toilets and distilleries), there are several Denver irrigation holes that make it difficult for people to find them. Most of us are aware of the dangers, such as Green Russell and Williams & Graham’s secrets, which are hidden behind a hamburger and bookstore. What about Retrograde (inside the ice cream parlor, Frozen Matter, at 530 E. 19th Ave.), or G&GC, in the basement of the Halcyon Hotel (245 Columbine St.)?

Even the Cooper Lounge (1701 Wynkoop St., at Union Station) can be hidden, with a door behind a single velvet cord south of the station. There, those wishing to become consumers should apply for admission to enjoy the 28-meter-wide windows and view of the town.

“Electric Roads.”

With short-term growth in radium mines, Shattuck Chemical Company of southern Denver met international requirements in the early 1900’s. But in the late 1970’s, Superfund radioactive purification began that included 65 different pages in Denver. . This affects several of the city’s roads, as “the remaining stones were used to repair the roads, leaving them very bright.”

Yikes. Although many roads were completely dug and rebuilt, and the waste sent outside the state, radioactivity was lacking. Another clean-up was completed in 2006 – the last, officials said – and the former Shattuck site is now home. Save your Geiger counter.

“Lost and Found Received Weapons.”

As of earlier this year, an old artisan silo on the Eastern Plains (near Bennet, about 30 miles east of Denver) was selling for $ 4.2 million, offering 500,000 square feet and 210 acres – with tunnel tunes, the authors write. . In some countries, wealthy economists have converted the occupied territories (there are 11 enough east of Denver) into subterranean homes. Here, they are being sold as potential hemp farms. The Missile Site Park in Greeley also offers camping and free trips to the former Atlas E. site.

(Provided by Reedy Press)

“A Tale for Cooking.”

The Denver food culture has exploded in recent years, and the demand for food has been re-examined. That’s right, as the authors put up a sign at 2776 Speer Blvd., now located at the bank’s parking lot, claiming that the old Denver Humpty Dumpty restaurant (also the city’s “first car eater”) launched a cheeseburger. Officials in Pasadena, Calif., And Louisville, Ky., Have also said this, and the authors point out the lack of evidence the Denverites have made.

There is good news, however: “Although the robbers are quick to point out that many other chefs whipped up a slice of cheese on a cow hunk already (Humpty Dumpty owner Louis Ballast), they had no mojo business…. No matter where the cheeseburger was born, Ballast was the first to make “cheeseburger” in 1935.

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