Medallion Name – ROCKY MOUNTAIN FASHION Significance – Thanks to miners and their need for sturdy clothing we have Levi’s and the blue jean. Inscription – “Your ruffle shirts, standing collars and all kinds of fine clothing had better be left in your wardrobe at home. Discard all cotton or linen clothing; adapt yourself at once to woolen and leather; provide yourself with woolen underclothes. …You may also leave your razor for you won’t use it.” 1859 Gold Rush Handbook Location – 39.750304, -104.996208 Details – Mining as an industry was born in 1848, when James Marshall was building a


Medallion Name – YO SOY JOAQUIN Significance – Corky Gonzales has been honored as the founder of the Chicano movement. He was an iconic leader in the movement for justice and equality for Mexican-Americans. Inscription Rudolfo Corky Gozales born in Denver June 18, 1928, son of a migrant worker, helped organize and lead the Chicano civil and human rights movement of the 1960s and 70s. He advocated equality, just and self-determination for the Chicano/Mexicano people of the Southwest. POET PLAYWRIGHT LECTURER POLITICAL ACTIVIST COMMUNITY ORGANIZER I am Aztec Prince And Christian Christ I shall endure, I will endure Location –


Medallion Name – CHERRY CREEK EMIGRANTS SONG Significance – Industrial work tunes were created by workers directly out of their own experiences. These songs expressed the toils of labor, objectives, frustrations, interests and goals. Inscription The gold is there, most anywhere. You can take it our rich with an iron crowbar, And where it is thick, with a shovel and a pick You can pick it out in lumps as big an s a brick. Rocky Mountain News June 18, 1859 Location – 39.750159, -104.996022 Details The Cherry Creek Emigrants Song is a supreme example of a work song a


Medallion Name – PRIVATE PROFITS AND THE PUBLIC GOOD Significance – Benevolence is often in short supply. Self-interest, on the other hand, is not. The theory of trickle-down economics is that self-interest inadvertently serves the public good, allowing society to prosper even if people are not driven by benevolence. Profits become a guide to the value that companies create for society. Inscription – Unlike San Francisco, which the Spanish founded as a mission, and Salt Lake City, which the Mormons started as a communal religious utopia, Denver originated as a place to make money. From the beginning, the town aspired


Medallion Name – ALL WASHED UP Significance – Flash flooding has a long history along Colorado’s Front Range. The Indians shared what they knew about the raging waters, but when the white men arrived, they ignored the local wisdom. They built the settlement of Denver on the banks of Cherry Creek and paid the price. Inscription – The legend says that Denver-s early settlers, who made their camp on the banks of Cherry Creek, laughed at the Arapaho, a local Indian tribe, for making their camp inconveniently far from the waters edge. The Arapaho warned the settlers of floods, but


Medallion Name – ARAPAHOE STREET Significance – The land that was to become the City of Denver was a favorite campground of the Arapahos. When Anglo miners arrived in search of gold in the late 1850s, the Arapaho had already established their village on the Platte, just below the mouth of Cherry Creek. Inscription – Before the founding of the City of Denver, the tribe that camped in the area called themselves “Inuna-ina: meaning, “Our people.” This tribe was also known as “Arapaho,” the word for “trader” or “buyer” in Pawnee. Denver’s founders honored the tribe with the names of


Medallion Name – NATIONAL WOMAN SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT Significance – Suffrage is the right vote in political elections. in the U.S., it’s not like a politician waved a magic wand and said, “Voila, Women can now vote, “and scattered equality over everyone. When Colorado elected to give women suffrage rights on November 7, 1893, they became the first state in the U.S. to do so. This historic victory was no small achievement. Inscription – NATIONAL WOMAN SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT Until 1911, Denver was the largest city in the nation where women could vote. Western states, including Colorado, were among the first to


Medallion Name – OUT WITH THE OLD… Significance – Established by City Resolution, the Denver Urban Renewal Authority was created to help rehabilitate and redevelop blighted areas of our city “necessary in the Interest of public health, safety, morals and welfare of (its) residents.” Inscription –  The Skyline Urban Renewal Project consisted of twenty blocks between Curtis Street and Larimar Street that were demolished in the late 1960s to “remove blight” and make the new and modern. There is a noticeable difference in scale between the older and the newer buildings. The resulting demolition sparked Denver’s first major historic preservation


Medallion Name – TAKE YOUR PICK Significance – Wazee, Champa, Wewatta, Wynkoop…did you ever wonder how Denver’s streets got named?  The designations of the Mile-High city’s roads offer a trip through Denver’s bygone days. Many streets, avenues and boulevards memorialize the colorful characters, long-ago leaders and local legends who forged Denver history. Inscription – “Champa,” I think is Arapahoe for some common animal, deer, antelope, horse, steer. Buffalo, wolf or dog. History of Denver, 1901 Edited for The Denver Times By Jerome C. Smiley Location – 39°44’52.8″N 104°59’36.9″W Details – Whether you’re a Colorado native, newcomer or Denver visitor, chances


Medallion Name – Significance – If you define an entrepreneur as “a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so,” then Charles Boettcher is an excellent example of an extraordinarily successful entrepreneur. Inscription – Charles Boettcher (1852-1948) was a German immigrant who played several key roles in the state’s economic development. He introduced the sugar beet industry to Colorado and established the Great Western Sugar Company. While building sugar beet refineries, Boettcher was often delayed by the poor availability of cement. He bought a cement plant in


Medallion Name – SHOCK TREATMENT Significance – In the time before cars, Denver was a city with a world-class mass transit system. Inscription – By 1886, Denver’s transportation system was becoming more sophisticated with the use of an electric streetcar system. However, by 1887 its use declined and this mode of transport was ultimately abandoned. The electricity was inadequate and sporadic. Also, Denver citizens and mules object to the minor shock they received when they stepped on the third rail. Location – 39°44’49.6″N 104°59’32.6″W Details – Once upon a time, there were no cars in Denver. When the city was