Neighborhood Profile: Cory-Merril Cory-Merrill History: The Cory-Merrill neighborhood was originally named Coronado by S. Allen and Henrietta Long. The couple platted the land in 1883. Coronado was then part of the town of South Denver. The Long family, with help from John Babcock, persuaded school district #35 to open an academy in their area. Babcock was instrumental in the development of the Read more…

Neighborhood Profile: North Park Hill North Park Hill History:  A Prussian German named Baron Allois Guillaume Eugen Von Winckler is credited as “the father of Park Hill.” He purchased the plot of land that is now South Park Hill and platted it, “Park Hill” in 1885. Winckler died thirteen years later and upon his death investors bought the Park Hill holdings. Read more…

Neighborhood Profile: University University Neighborhood Denver History: The University neighborhood Denver owes much of its history to Denver University. John Evans founded the school as Colorado Seminary in 1864. The name changed to the University of Denver in 1880. Just a few years later the school was outgrowing its original site at Fourteenth and Arapahoe Street. The board Read more…

Neighborhood Profile: Globeville Globeville History: Globeville’s land was originally purchased by the Globe Smelting and Refining Company in the late 1880’s. Just like today, the area was primarily industrial. The neighborhood included the smelt plant, other packing plants and the railroads. These three industries were a big draw for people looking for employment. Globeville became its own incorporated town by Read more…

Neighborhood Profile: East Colfax East Colfax History: In the late 1850’s gold prospectors and settlers would travel west to Denver over a branch of the Smoky Hill Trail. This trail connected the smaller town of Denver to the nearest big city in the east. Soon the trail would become known as the Kansas City Road. In 1896, Read more…

Neighborhood Profile: University Park University Park History: University Park owes much of its history to it’s proximity to the University of Denver. The school was originally founded as Colorado Seminary by John Evans in 1864. However, in 1880 the school added the name the University of Denver. Just a few years later the school outgrew its original site Read more…

Neighborhood Profile: South Park Hill South Park Hill History: Speculators purchased most of South Park Hill from the federal government in the 1860’s. It was Prussian German, Baron Allois Guillaume Eugen Von Winckler, however, who’s credited as “the father of Park Hill.” Winckler came to Denver in 1884 at the age of 25 and soon after was Read more…

Sloan Lake Sloan Lake History: Thomas Sloan and his wife Sarah staked claim to 160 acres of what is now the Sloan Lake neighborhood in 1862. The Ohio couple moved to Denver in 1959, and ran a bar and boarding house on Larimer Street. The lake did not actually exist on the original homestead. Rumor has it that Mr. Sloan Read more…

Neighborhood Profile: Barnum Barnum History: In 1865, right before the goldrush of the 1870’s, Daniel Witter bought 160 acres on the western edge of Denver. The land deal was meant to be a vast development known as Villa Park. He wanted to offer unique features, catering to Denver’s wealthy. Although money was raised for the project, lawsuits Read more…

Neighborhood Profile: Capitol Hill Capitol Hill History: In 1867 Denver was designated the official territorial capitol. At the time most of Denver’s growth had been towards the northwest, close to the South Platte River.  The building of the Tabor Grand Opera House and the donation of  land for the sight of the state capitol, from Henry C. Brown, changed the growth Read more…

Neighborhood Profile: Valverde History: Valverde land was originally claimed by Daniel Witter. He had plans to construct “Villa Park.” A vast development offering unique features that catered to Denver’s wealthy. The project never got off the ground and 760 acres of land were sold to Phineas T. Barnum, of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. He eventually sold off the land in parcels too. Read more…

Neighborhood Profile: West Colfax West Colfax History: Colfax Avenue is a large part of Colorado history. Running 26 miles long, it’s been called “America’s Longest Street.” The West Colfax portion was originally known as “Golden Road” because it connected the towns of Golden and Denver. By 1896 the name of the roadway changed to Colfax, in honor of Schuyler Read more…