Medallion name – MINT ROBBERY Significance – As the Civil War raged in the East, drifter James D. Clark bounced around from job to job, and finally landed one at the Denver Mint and a scheme came quickly to mind. His robbery strategy was simple fill his pockets with as much gold as possible and get out of Denver. One day in February 1864, Clark left work with more than $37,000 in gold and treasury notes stuffed in his pockets. His plan was to head to Colorado Springs, but he got lost along the way and was eventually captured. When


Medallion Name – LET THE BUYER BEWARE Significance – Jefferson Soapy Smith was a notorious 19th century in the Denver Area. He was crime boss who had his finger in a number of illicit actives. One of his avowed philosophies was, A gambler is one who teaches and illustrates the folly of avarice; he is a non-ordained preacher on the vagaries of fortune and how to make doubt a certainty. Inscription – In the 1880s and 1890s Denver was the nations headquarters for con men, a dubious honor that maintained into the early years or the 20th century. The most


Medallion Name – RAGS TO RICHES Significance – How times have changed! Today we fund new businesses with venture capital. Back in the days of the Wild West, you offered a grubstake an agreement designed to supply material, provisions, or money to an enterprise in return for a share of in the resulting profits. Such a venture brought money and power to the men who provided these provisions, such as shopkeeper Horace Tabor and as will read below, was the ruin of his wife Baby Doe. Inscription – Horace Tabor’s funeral cortege passed along 17th St. As the owner of


Medallion Name – COAL MINERS DAUGHTER Significance – Josephine Aspinwall Roche was a woman ahead of her time. Not only was she the first policewoman in Colorado, the first woman to run a major coal company, she was the second woman to serve in a presidential cabinet. Inscription – Josephine Roche, daughter of a wealthy coal mine operator, ran for governor in 1934. She advocated a progressive sales tax that fell heavily on the rich. Although she lost the election, she became Assistant Secretary of Treasury, the second highest ranking woman in Franklin Roosevelts administration. Location – 39?44’56.7″N 104?59’42.1″W Details


Medallion Name – D&F TOWER AND SKYLINE PARK 1101 16th St., Denver, Colorado 80202 Daniels & Fisher Tower added to the National Register of Historic Places: 12/3/1969, 69000040 State Register: ?5DV.118 Significance – Denver’s past and future are dramatically reflected in the landmark D&F Tower and the urban repositioning honored by Skyline Park. Inscription – The D&F Tower at the corner of 16th and Arapahoe Streets is all that remains of the Daniels & Fisher department store that stood on this block. After its construction in 1911, the D&F Tower was for many years the tallest building in Denver. Modeled


Medallion Name – RAILS & MOUNTAINS Significance – Natural resources, location and transportation are all key factors in the development of the city of Denver. From the time early pioneers first settled in Colorado, mining and natural resources have made huge contributions from local livelihood to international industry. The railroad is necessary to transport the states bounty through the mountains and beyond the plains. Inscription – Down 17th Street, Longs Peak is visible over the roof of Union Station. Together, they symbolize two bases of Denvers economy. Since its founding in 1858, Denver has taken advantage of its location for


Medallion Name – DON’T PANIC Significance – A catchier title for this medallion might have been Silver and Gold and Money. Currency policy (gold vs. silver) was a contentious issue in the late 19th century. Colorado’s first boom was made by advocates and politicians who got the federal government to use silver coinage. US money made Colorado’s economy in the 1880s and broke it in the 1890s.When the silver standard ended due to financial pressures, the mines and towns of Colorado were devastated. Inscription – The Silver Panic of 1893 brought 17th Street to her knees. Eventually she recovered; gold


Medallion Name – BONFILS Significance – In the days before technology, television and radio, people got information from daily newspapers.? Depended upon for fact and truth, newspapers were a reliable source of informationuntil the Denver Post came along. Frederick Bonfils and Harry Tammen published the first muckraking tabloid of the West. The Denver Post positioned itself as a form of entertainment in the days before radio and film. Articles sacrificed truth for sensationalism and exaggeration.? But it was the Posts disregarded of accepted journalism norms and standards that made it exceptional. Inscription A dog fight on Champa Street is of


Medallion Name – A BANK THAT LOOKS LIKE A BANK Significance – The Colorado National Bank Building epitomizes the concept of Wall Street of the West. The white marble bank with Corinthian columns, a lofty arcade and a vault with three-and-a-half inches thick doors conveyed a feeling of majesty and security. It was strategically designed to be “the bank that looks like a bank” to attract Wall Street investors looking venture into Denvers economic boom. Inscription – A Bank That Looks Like A Bank In 1915, this was the Colorado National Banks slogan. Designed by W.E. and A.A. Fischer, the


Medallion Name – FOUR CORNERS Significance – Four Corners all the way around the design of the buildings on the four corners of 17th and Champa Streets reflects the stones mined in the Four Corners region of the Colorado Plateau. The area boasts extraordinary deposits of many common and rare rocks and minerals in a rainbow of colors. Inscription – The four corners of 17th and Champa Streets are occupied by the Boston Building (1890), the Colorado National Bank (1915) the Railway Exchange (Title) Building (1937) and the Ideal Cement Building (1907). All were built of Colorado Yule marble, red