Park Hill

Denver, Colorado

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In the late 1800s Denver’s downtown was a place of saloons, brothels, and crowded, filthy streets. Those who could afford it seemed always on the lookout for the next best neighborhood that put distance between them and downtown. According to Denver: Mining Camp to Metropolis, by authors Stephen J. Leonard and Thomas J. Noel, “Park Hill, a haven for the upper crust on the high ground east of City Park, was platted in 1887. . . .” The original plan was for a racetrack surrounded by “a posh residential subdivision,” but that didn’t come to fruition. Next it was sold as “Denver’s Largest Restricted Residence District” with a brochure that “declared that Capitol Hill has been spoiled as a residential area by the intrusion of apartments and commercial buildings.” Today the neighborhood seems much like those early planners had hoped (minus one racetrack).

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"In the late 1800s Denver’s downtown was a place of saloons, brothels, and crowded, filthy streets. Those who could afford it seemed always on the lookout for the next best neighborhood that put distance between them and downtown. According to Denver: Mining Camp to Metropolis, by authors Stephen J. Leonard and Thomas J. Noel, “Park Hill, a haven for the upper crust on the high ground east of City Park, was platted in 1887. . . .” The original plan was for a racetrack surrounded by “a posh residential subdivision,” but that didn’t come to fruition. Next it was sold as “Denver’s Largest Restricted Residence District” with a brochure that “declared that Capitol Hill has been spoiled as a residential area by the intrusion of apartments and commercial buildings.” Today the neighborhood seems much like those early planners had hoped (minus one racetrack)."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Denver
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round

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Jun 2018