University of Denver Campus

Denver, Colorado 80210

University of Denver Campus

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"Founded in 1864 as the Colorado Seminary in downtown Denver, the University of Denver (DU) was relocated to a one-time potato farm in South Denver in the late 1880s. From these humble roots, it became the first and oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region. It seemed to start with visionaries and continue with them—first founder John Evans, who didn’t want people to have to go back East for their higher education, then others like astronomy professor Herbert A. Howe, who oversaw construction of the first building on this campus (the Chamberlin Observatory), and on to Josef Korbel, founder of the university’s graduate school of international studies and father of the first female United States secretary of state, Madeleine Albright.

It’s a who’s who on the alumni list, with one of Korbel’s star pupils, Condoleeza Rice, the first African American woman to serve as US secretary of state, New York Times editor Andrew Rosenthal, Peter Coors of the Coors Brewing Company, former Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, and many more. This walk takes you from the observatory through the campus arboretum, historic and modern buildings, and through a bit of the surrounding neighborhood."

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Trail Information

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Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
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Chamberlin Observatory, Mary Reed Building, University Hall, Daniels College of Business, Shwayder Art Building, Victoria Myhren Gallery, The Merle Catherine Chambers Center, Jerusalem Restaurant, and Kaladi Coffee Roasters.