Denver, Colorado

Overview

Compared to the other major cities of the late 19th century, Denver was little more than an whiny infant in the 1870s. Though Denver's origins date back to 1858, when the first mining camp was founded at Cherry Creek, the actual city itself (previously a collection of smaller camps) wasn't even founded until April, 1860.

  The first impression most people get of Denver upon debarking the train or stepping off the wagon is that of chaos.  People from all backgrounds, colors, and occupations fill the streets, oblivious to anything beyond their current destination. Street merchants hawk their wares loudly from small street-side booths and carts, adding to the already confusing barrage of sights, sounds and smells. For those caught up in the wonder of it all, their purse or wallet is probably being carried off to some thief's hideout for inspection.  Anyone who stays in the city for more than a few hours, however, will get a deeper sense of its workings. The apparent anarchy isn't much different than a large train depot or trading post; essentially, Denver is little more than a giant trading post itself. Everyone in the city is there for a reason, and if you find someone who says otherwise, you'd better check your pulse and possessions. They're probably after one or the other.

Extended History (based on the article "Things To Do in Denver When You're Undead" from Shadis Magazine) – In Progress

Key Locations

  • Offices of Blacklund Mining Company
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Places of Interest

Travel Spots

  • Denver-Pacific Rail Station (DP101) – Located along the South Platte River, Denver-Pacific's primary rail depot has grown immensely in the last few years, covering almost six full city blocks.  People are constantly bustling in and out, making it the busiest, most congested, and (therefore) most dangerous area of the city.  Crowds gather around hawkers, street performers, and the almost regular fistfights which occur, the constant banter and movement making the entire area a sea of white noise.  Across the tracks lies the rail yard, a stark contrast to the chaos of the station with its quiet, orderly rows of cars being loaded or unloaded, repaired, or connected together.  
  • Holladay Overland & Mail Express - Next to the Denver Pacific station, the Holladay OM&E Co. building, located at Fifteenth and Holladay, sports the most traffic in the city. Built right up the street from the original Pikes Peak Express building, the HOM&E now houses the Denver Post Office and serves as a major part of city life even after the coming of the railroad.  Stagecoach service for those without the desire to ride a train (old-fashioned weirdoes) is available, and the HOM&E guarantees to get you to any destination this side of the Mississippi - for the right price.
  • Wells, Fargo, & Co. Express Office - After a failed attempt to buy out the Holladay Overland Mail & Express Company in 1867, Wells Fargo set up shop on Fifteenth and Larimer.  Tough competition has kept their business low, but they've beaten out HOM&E for a big contract more than once.  Since the news of DuBois' Museum spread to the city, Wells Fargo has been working to negotiate exclusive stagecoach rights for Museum visitors from Denver – their biggest bid to one-up HOM&E yet.

Places to Stay

  • The Denver House & The Elephant Corral (Hotel/Stable Area)
  • Broadwell House (Hotel)  One of the first hotels built in Denver, the Broadwell House was erected in late '59 – early '60 at 16th and Larimer.  A third floor was added in 1870.  Although a middle-class hotel in all respects, the Broadwell House still gets enough business to be considered among the top in Denver.  Rooms go for $1 per night, including breakfast (and fresh coffee!)
  • The Inter Ocean (Hotel) - Built in 1873 by Denver's most prominent black businessman, Barney Ford, the Inter Ocean has become almost as reputable as the Denver House. Its service is better, and there are accommodations for 132 guests. The hotel is located at 16th and Blake.  Rooms at the Inter Ocean are the same cost as the Denver House – $2 per day – but include both breakfast AND dinner.
  • El Dorado Hotel

Local Law Enforcement

  • Denver Police Station - The police station moves around quite a bit, and is currently at Thirteenth and Blake. It's rarely used, as few of the officers do much more than patrol the city. The tendency of Denver police stations to explode is always another good reason to stay away. Basically, about the only reason to go to it is if you're looking for a job, or trying to get out of one.
  • Denver City Jail - Small, old, and always full, the Denver City Jail is located in the block at Colfax and Fourteenth that, in 1874, was set aside for a proposed county jail. Funding for the new jail never appeared, so the old building is still in use, despite its inadequacy.
  • Pinkerton Detective Agency – Western Bureau Headquarters

Local Entertainment

  • The Palace Theatre - More noted for its gambling than plays, the Palace Theatre is the place to go for a night of entertainment – unless  frequent fights, losing your money, and other rough-and-tumble escapades aren't your idea of fun.  The building takes up most of the north side of Blake Street between Fourteenth and Fifteenth Streets, and its customers add to the congestion caused by the Elephant Corral.  Almost everyone hears something about the Palace Theatre before even arriving in town, and most rumors about the place are seemingly based on fact.

 

Other Locations

  • Colorado National Bank
  • First National Bank of Denver
  • The Rocky Mountain News Offices - Following the Cherry Creek flood in '64, the Rocky Mountain News moved to the News Block, a building located on Larimer between Fifteenth and Sixteenth Streets, and has since been printing its paper from there.
  • Offices of The Denver Epitaph - In an amusing turn of events, the Epitaph ( set up shop in Denver in the News Block building, right next to the Rocky Mountain News. Although the two papers are in separate rooms and report on completely different topics, their proximity has created a situation in which both try to get the drop on the other's stories.  Thanks to this, the Denver Epitaph has been reporting on more "normal" events recently, and the News has been printing strange things that you'd normally find in the Epitaph.

Locals

  • William Barker, Mayor - 
  • Irving Blacklund, Tycoon – Blacklund Mining
  • Daniel Cook, Chief of Police - 
  • Hezekiah Hughes, Wealthy Recluse
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Denver, Colorado

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