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Inside the Saga: Queen City of the Plains

A 'now & then' glance at Denver City in the Gilded Age

A display of images that fall into the ‘now and then’ - 'yesteryear and present day' - category is a useful and entertaining way of viewing history. My research tours to the US have led me to Denver twice and it is one of my favourite cities, one I would always be happy to return to. All the photos in this research montage are from my travel album ‘Western Odyssey’, acknowledging Denver Public Library and Denver Union Station. 

Denver was dubbed ‘Queen City of the Plains’ and for good reason. Like so many western towns, in her early days she was rough, but on the back of the mining of precious metals this hard-working, hard-drinking mining town soared to prosperity, surpassing all expectations. Mining, manufacturing, smeltering, ranching, the railroad and much more delivered wealth, culture and a large population. Denver became a world-class city. 

 

The rough elements  - prostitution, crime and corruption - remained, their notoriety and function deftly incorporated into one booming city of enormous wealth, whose inhabitants stretched from poor migrants working the gardens along the creek to millionaires of supreme power and influence. 

 

By the 1880’s, when The Liberty & Property Legends are set, and where volume three FIRST COUNTRY Tinged with Rose takes the reader to Denver, this city epitomises the Gilded Age in The West.

 

 

'Towards Denver City let us now propel,
Of its strange sights and startling wonders tell.'


Pike's Peakers of '59 ~ Lawrence N. Greenleaf
 




 

Tags: Denver, Union Station, City Hall, Larimer Square, Colorado, Gilded Age, The West, The Liberty & Property Legends, First Country, Queen of the Plains, 1880's, Capitol Hill

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