Tour 12: Historic Downtown Denver Walking Tour
Tour Leader: William J. Convery, University of Colorado Denver
Founded as a mining supply camp in 1858, Denver matured into Colorado’s leading metropolis, celebrated by 19th-century boosters as the “Queen City of the Mountains and Plains.” Join former Colorado State Historian and University of Colorado Denver history professor Bill Convery on a walking tour of Denver’s central business district and Civic Center Complex. With visits to Union Station, the 16th Street Mall, and Civic Center Park, our tour will explore some of the city’s architectural and built-landscape gems, offering insights into Denver’s role as a regional commercial, transportation, and political hub; its enthusiastic embrace of the city beautiful movement; and the long-standing tensions between urban renewal and historic preservation. The tour will conclude with an architectural and archival treat: a visit to the Western History Research Collection at the Denver Public Library.
Please note: The tour entails approximately 1.5 miles of walking and 1 mile on accessible buses.
Limit 30 people. $20 members, $25 nonmembers