History of Denver, Colorado

Uta natives

In 1879 the a federal agent by the name of Nathan Meeker was given the job of moving several groups of Colorado Ute to a reservation in Whiteriver Co. This did not work out for the natives did not understand why they couldn't leave to their past places of living or to there other hunting grounds. Meeker thought that he could make them settle by killing all of there horses. This was not taken lightly for the Ute highly valued there horses and ended up killing meeker. By 1881 the Northern and Central Colorado Utes were marched at gunpoint out of Colorado to join the Uintah Utes at the reservation in Utah. The ending effects of this was the removal of all of the northern Ute from Colorado.

Financial panic

In 1893, financial panic swept the nation, and the silver boom collapsed. Denver was already suffering economically due to several successive years of droughts and harsh winters that had hurt the agricultural industry. Agricultural distress, coupled with the withdrawal of foreign investors and the over-expansion of the silver mining industries, led stock prices to decline, banks to close, businesses to fail, and numerous farms to cease operation. With no federal insurance to support the money in the banks, many people lost their life savings. As Denver banks closed, real estate values dropped, smelters stopped working, and Denver tramway had trouble getting people to ride and pay their fares. The Union Pacific Railroad which had absorbed both the Denver Pacific and Kansas Pacific in the 1880s, declared bankruptcy.


"I now again take the pleasure to write to you. I suppose long before you get this you will have read about our scrape the other week. We lost 15 killed and 90 wounded, and among the former was our gallant Colonel. We marched about four miles, then waded the Tugela and attacked the Boers on a hill up which we had to creep and climb rocks about 8ft. high. We got orders to retire before we were half way up, but no fear, we got to the top alright, and didn't they pepper us as we were making the ascent! We stayed up there till dark, then retired. I had two or three narrow escapes, but I got through without being hit.

I have had excellent health up to this, but I am getting very thin - you can tell how thin I am when I say that I put my straps on the other day and they fell off me. I am sure I can get down a rifle barrel easy enough. I haven't had a shave for two months. Both my trousers knees are worn out, and another important part of my unmentionables is gone also. To tell the truth, I could get a better rig-out at ____rag-shop. Roll on Ladysmith! We attack again tomorrow. We will get in this time. It was my birthday yesterday - that makes one in Aldershot, another in Ireland and the last in South Africa, so that is not bad for three years' service. I met Harry Mount (Private Mount, of Beachcliffe - 1st Durham Light Infantry) on the 3rd. He was on sentry on the pontoon bridge......I can tell you it is as good as a circus to see us sometimes. We can't get a wash for three days. But never mind, I don't care a jot so long as I don't get shot. I shall be very, very glad when we get to Pretoria. I shall have to close now as I have only another "tag" paper left. Give my best respects to all enquiring friend. Au revoir!" - private harry cooper

Tabor Grand opera house

Tabor Grand Opera House built in 1881. Built by Horace tabor with the money he had made mining silver, the Tabor Grand Opera House in Denver was said to be the most opulent building and the best-equipped theater between Chicago and San Francisco at its opening. It occupied the entire block and was claimed to have single-handedly changed Denver's image of itself from a frontier boomtown to a world class city.

Colorado State Capitol Building in 1894 The Colorado State Capitol Building, located at 200 East Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado, is the home of the Colorado General Assembly and the offices of the Governor of Colorado and Lieutenant governor of Colorado. The building is intentionally reminiscent of the United States Capital Designed by Elijah E. Myers, it was constructed in the 1890s from Colorado white granite, and opened for use in November 1894

Lights in Denver

In this year or 1883 we have had the first electric lights installed in Denver Co. With these lights the people will be able to get more don't in the early morning and at night without the expensive cost of candles. They using these being installed in the whole city is a very big thing that is helping this once small frontier city move into the future.


Dear editor,

What do you think is going to happen to everyone with all of the financial issues that are occurring? Do you think Denver is going to eventually go bankrupt?'

- Tyrone


Everybody be bimetalist!!! It's twice the metal!! Silver AND gold!!

New John Deer plow

Do you have a hard time plowing dirt? Well buy the John deer plow it makes it a real easy job.