A new coffee-table history of the Mile High City is available. Denver: A Silver Past, A Golden Future, by Susan Dalton, is a picture book that incorporates a variety of images (and even pull-out postcards) to portray the development of Denver from wagon stop to gold rush town to modern city of the American West. Photos from various eras in the development of the state capitol are augmented with portraits, paintings and maps. Text and captions are provided.

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The book notes the key importance of Denver’s connection to the transcontinental railroad, completed in June 1870, when the Denver Pacific railroad linked the city to the Union Pacific line north at Cheyenne, Wyoming. The first train station in Denver was located in what is now known as LoDo (Lower Downtown). Four different railroad stations predated the Union Station that opened in 1881, and which has since been transformed (with a major re-opening in 2014) into a public hub. In addition to serving cross-country Amtrak trains, light rail and buses, the station offers a hotel, eateries, drinks, and shops.

Denver: A Silver Past, A Golden Future, released in late 2017, runs 143 pages and weighs in at some 3 pounds. Susan Dalton resides in Telluride, Colorado, and this book marks her third in a series about Colorado communities.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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