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 – 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 – 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 – 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