History of Denver, Colorado
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 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
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
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?'