Released in September of 2016, A Short History of Denver is new book about the history of the Mile High City. A collaborative effort by Stephen J. Leonard and the man known as “Dr. Colorado”, Thomas J. Noel, the text covers over 150 years of Denver history, beginning with Indigenous occupation and the gold strike of 1858. Its timeline then moves forward to 2016, noting the Denver Broncos’ win at Super Bowl 50 and the opening of the light rail line to Denver International Airport.

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A Short History of Denver is divided into fifteen chapters with titles such as “From Camping Grounds to Towns”, “Down and Up in the 1890s”, and “Paths to Tomorrow”. The book examines the political, economic, and social history of city, noting such civic leaders as David Moffat (creator of the Moffat Tunnel) and the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown (Titanic survivor and champion of workers’ and women’s rights). As well, the contributions of Denver’s many different cultural communities, including Latinos, African-Americans, and Latinos are acknowledged.

In the following clip produced by KUSA-TV, “Dr. Colorado” Tom Noel discusses A Short History of Denver:

This writer has travelled extensively to Denver for half a decade, lived in the city for several months in 2016, and will do so again this summer. It is a compelling city and a great gateway to the Rocky Mountains and all that they offer.  A Short History of Denver is published by University of Nevada Press and runs 228 pages. Ordering information can be found at UNVPress.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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