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Phil Goodstein’s Walking Tours

2017 Fall Schedule

 

Saturday, September 9: The Ghosts of Cheesman Park, 11:00 am–1:00 pm

Meet at the wooden gazebo near the equivalent of 12th Avenue and Gilpin Street.  It is directly south of the RTD bus stop on the 12th Avenue loop in the park.  Gilpin Street is the 1700 east block.  Park in the park, east bound, on the 12th Avenue loop to the east of the RTD stop.  The cost is $20.00.

 

Sunday, September 10: Park Hill Promise/Magnificent Mayfair, 11:00 am–4:00 pm

Phil Goodstein will have a booth at the Park Hill Fair at the southeast corner of Forest Street Parkway and Montview Boulevard.  There he will have copies of his new book Magnificent Mayfair.  Listing for $24.95, it will be available for $20.00, tax paid that day.  He will also have copies of his many other volumes.

 

Saturday, September 16: Mount Olivet Cemetery, 11:00 am–1:00 pm

Meet by the fence across the road from the Madonna Mausoleum.  The main entrance to Mount Olivet is west of Youngfield Street on West 44th Avenue.  Go up the hill past the administration building to near where there is a big crucifix.  On your left is the Madonna Mausoleum.  (Coming from the east take exit 266 on Ward Road from I-70 and go west about a half mile to the cemetery.  Coming from the west take exit 265 at Youngfield. and go north about a mile to West 44th Avenue and turn left.  The cemetery is the first exit on the right.)  The cost is $10.

 

Saturday, September 23: Crown Hill Cemetery, 11:00 am–1:00 pm

Gather at the parking lot along the main road of the graveyard, just west of the administration building along West 29th Avenue about two blocks west of Wadsworth Boulevard.  The cost is $10.00.

 

Saturday, September 30:  Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Meet at the statue of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between 14th and Colfax avenues.  The cost is $25.00.

 

Sunday, October 8: The Ghosts of Cheesman Park, 11:00 am–1:00 pm

Meet at the wooden gazebo near the equivalent of 12th Avenue and Gilpin Street.  It is directly south of the RTD bus stop on the 12th Avenue loop in the park.  Gilpin Street is the 1700 east block.  Park in the park, east bound, on the 12th Avenue loop to the east of the RTD stop.  The cost is $20.00.  Information about Goodstein’s books is at capitolhill books.com  Tours are listed at LeonardLeonard.com/neighborhoods/walkingtours and liveandlovedenver. com.

 

Saturday, October 14:  Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Meet at the statue of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between 14th and Colfax avenues.  The cost is $25.00.

 

Sunday, October 15:  Modern East Denver/Historic Auraria, noon–1:30 pm

This is a free lecture about the linkages between where Denver began—the modern Auraria campus—and the spread east of Colorado Boulevard and south of Colfax Avenue, focusing on Goodstein’s books How the West Side Won and The Story of Modern East Denver.  It is at  Casa Mayan/Smedley House, 1020 Ninth Street on Ninth Street Park on the Auraria campus.  Free parking is available on Mariposa Street just south of Colfax.  Cross the street and follow the road till it dead ends into a white frame house on the left in Ninth Street Park.

 

Friday, October 20:  Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Meet at the statue of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between 14th and Colfax avenues.  The cost is $25.00.

 

Saturday, October 21:  Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Meet at the statue of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between 14th and Colfax avenues.  The cost is $25.00.

 

Friday, October 27:  Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Meet at the statue of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between 14th and Colfax avenues.  The cost is $25.00.

 

Saturday, October 28:  Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Meet at the statue of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between 14th and Colfax avenues.  The cost is $25.00.

 

Tuesday, October 31:  Ghost Walk, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Meet at the statue of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between 14th and Colfax avenues.  The cost is $25.00.

 

Saturday, November 5:  Modern East Denver, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm

This is a free talk about Phil Goodstein’s new book, Modern East Denver, at the Broadway Book Mall at the southeast corner of South Broadway and Cedar Avenue.

 

Monday, November 6:  One Hundred Years of the Bolshevik Revolution, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

A century ago, the Bolsheviks shook the world.  Until 1989, virtually all foreign policy considerations were designed at undermining this attempt to break the power of international capitalism.  In the process, a new horrendous dictatorship oppressed the Russian people.  This is a retrospection about what happened.  The free event is at City Stacks, a combination bookstore and coffeehouse, 1743 Wazee Street.  It will be repeated from Noon to 2:00 pm on Tuesday, November 7, at Casa Mayan/Smedley House, 1020 Ninth Street on Ninth Street Park on the Auraria campus.

 

Monday, November 27: Modern East Denver, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm

This is a free lecture at the Colfax Tattered Cover (Colfax Avenue and Elizabeth Street) about Phil Goodstein’s new book, The Story of Modern East Denver:  Mayfair, Hilltop, and More.

 

Sunday, December 3:  From the North Side to East Colfax, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm.

Different neighborhoods are not isolated kingdoms, but integrated parts of the city.  This free talk will link North Denver with the section analyzed in The Story of Modern East Denver.  It is at the Book Bar at the southeast corner of West 43rd Avenue and Tennyson Street.

 

 

Phil Goodstein, The Denver Civic Center: The Heart of the Mile High City.  Denver: New Social Publications, 2016.  ISBN 0–9860748–2–9.  vi + 478 pp.  Illustrations.  Index.  $24.95.

 

One hundred years ago, Robert Speer triumphantly returned as mayor of Denver.  A prime project was completing the Civic Center.  This was an initiative Speer had launched on first taking office in 1904.  In the middle of the city, he announced, Denver must have a majestic park.  Adjacent to the Capitol, the Civic Center was to be the heart of the Mile High administration and civic life.  He encountered numerous roadblocks in making it a reality.

By the time Speer became mayor, Denver had burgeoned as a metropolis with more than 100,000 residents.  As it had boomed since the Pikes Peak Gold Rush of 1858–59, newly wealthy individuals advertised their affluence by erecting opulent mansions.  Many were in and around what became the Civic Center.

Already in the 1860s, 14th Street had started to emerge as Denver’s address of distinction.  Connecting the future Larimer Square with what became the Civic Center, it was where leading bankers, politicians, and members of high society lived.  The original home of the University of Denver was at 14th and Arapahoe streets while many medical faceless were nearby.  Included was an early home of the University of Colorado School of Medicine at 13th and Welton streets.

The Civic Center proper is in Evans Addition, land pre-empted by Colorado Governor John Evans in 1864 to the south of Colfax Avenue and west of Broadway.  In passing, The Denver Civic Center explains why the diagonal street pattern of downtown ends at Colfax and who the street’s namesake, Schuyler Colfax, was.

Land usages rapidly changed during Denver’s first 50 years.  As Capitol Hill overwhelmed Evans Addition and 14th Street in the early 20th century as the city’s elite neighborhood, the land near the Civic Center was increasingly an industrial and commercial district.  Broadway north of Cherry Creek emerged as the city’s premier site to buy a prestigious new car.  Numerous apartments and residential hotels filled the area.

All the while, the Capitol dominates the hill east of Broadway.  Its construction and the various monuments in and about it, including in the Civic Center proper, are among the themes of the book.  In passing, The Denver Civic Center tells about the tunnel system under the Capitol, complete with the folklore that a couple of floating heads are stashed beneath the seat of the state government.

In the 1970s, the area in and around the Civic Center started emerged as the Golden Triangle.  This increasingly became the popular name for the spread encompassed by West Colfax Avenue, Speer Boulevard, and Broadway.  Besides being the heart of Denver’s cultural district with the Denver Art Museum and the main branch of the Denver Public Library, it came to be the home of elite residential towers.  In passing, the volume notes the Golden Triangle has also been the home of Denver television with the studios of channels 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 31 being in and around the section.

The Silver Triangle emerged in the early 1980s as a mirror of the Golden Triangle.  Generally, this is the section bordered by West Colfax Avenue to Speer Boulevard to about Champa Street to 15th Street.  The Denver Civic Centerlooks at the landmark buildings there, relating how the Colorado Convention Center emerged and contemporary efforts to transform 14th Street into Ambassador Street.

Author Phil Goodstein is a Denver native who has churned out more than 20 volumes about the Mile High City.  Not only has he seen to it that the volume is very well illustrated but, as is his wont, he emphasizes history from the bottom up.  He explores controversies over the use of the Civic Center while emphasizing the way the different hopes and perspectives of various classes and economic interests have shaped the community.  In a word, The Denver Civic Center is not just a history of the land in and around the Civic Center, but it is a profile of Denver as a whole.  It is must reading for anybody seeking to grasp the nature of the Mile High City.