Title: New book highlights Whittier history
Author: Staff Writer
Publisher: Whittier Neighborhood Spotlight
Date: November 2009
Denver was barely 10 years old in 1868 when visionary pioneers such as Alfred B. Case and Jacob W. Downing began amassing real estate holdings far from downtown, speculation that paid off when the newly arrived railroad led to a population explosion.
With the opening of the Whittier School in 1883 -- the largest elementary school in the city -- a domain for prairie dogs evolved into a middle-class haven of fine Victorian homes.
Buffalo Bill Cody's sister even called the Whittier neighborhood home. The convenience and reliability of an expanding streetcar system brought the lifeblood of the city into the neighborhood. Whittier and its residents were also blessed with the establishment of a large, 320-acre park just to the east.
This park, transformed from native prairie to irrigated forest, became one of the biggest attractions in Denver City Park.
This pictorial history book features a circa 1883 letter from John Greenleaf Whittier thanking the school board for giving his name to the school. You can purchase this book at Tattered Cover or online at www.arcadiapublishing.com.
Author Shawn Snow is a fifth-generation Denverite currently livingn in Whittier, who has a passion for history and historic preservation. He assembled these photographs of Whittier, City Park, and surrounding Denver neighborhoods to relate their history from 1880 to 1950.
Title: Explore city's past from home
Author: Gene Davis
Publisher: Denver Daily News
Yes, just about all of us would like to learn more about Denver, and no, most of us don't have the time to take a guided tour through all of the different parts of the city.
Thankfully, a series of Denver historical books being published by Images of America does an incredible job of providing a glimpse of what the city was like during its formative years. And with two new books from the collection being released next Monday Ń "Denver's Capitol Hill Neighborhood" and "Denver City Park and Whittier Neighborhoods" Ń there will be even more parts of Denver for people to explore within the comforts of their own home.
Shawn M. Snow put "Denver's City Park and Whittier Neighborhoods" together. The collection of stories and photographs captures the Denver area in the late 19th and early 20th century.
The demographic switches that took place during that time and place are intriguing. While the Whittier neighborhood was essentially a white, middle-class area prior to the 1920s, a large number of black people came to the neighborhood as part of the Great Migration of 1916-19. This time of transition and the photos of City Park taken almost 100 years ago are highlights of the book.
"The stories from Whittier and City Park neighborhoods are many and varied," Snow says in the book's introduction. "All of us have stories to tell, but the trick is finding those stories and, in the case of this book, relating them to available photographic evidence."
"Denver's Capitol Hill Neighborhood," which was put together by Amy B. Zimmer, focuses more on the buildings of Capitol Hill in the early 20th century. Similar to City Park and Whittier, Capitol Hill has seen plenty of transformation take place over the past 120 years.
"This diversity of both residents and architecture is what makes Capitol Hill so exciting," says Zimmer in her book. "In 'Denver's Capitol Hill Neighborhood,' I have tried to capture the area's distinct character and to depict the full spectrum of people and places."
Images of America has also put out similar photographic and story collections on Brighton, University Park and South Denver.