Inspired by the vast collection of historic south Denver photos he manages as archivist for the University of Denver, Steve Fisher decided to pen a long overdue history of South Denver with specific emphasis on the neighborhood known as University Park.
In addition to its rich mosaic of historical detail, University Park and South Denver ($21.99, Arcadia Publishing) boasts more than 200 vintage images from the University of Denver’s Special Collections and the Western History Department of the Denver Public Library. An accompanying postcard set features 15 of the book’s wonderful photos ($7.99), including the old University of Denver football stadium and a variety of neighborhood and campus scenes.
The University of Denver was but 30 years old when the decision was made to relocate the campus from its center city site to the wide open spaces a few miles to the south and east of Denver’s earliest downtown.
Its arrival in 1892, along what is now University Blvd., was the impetus for development of the previously rural area that has grown into one of our city’s most desirable residential communities, very much shaped by the institution known to locals simply as “DU.”
University Park and South Denver introduces you to famous alumni of University of Denver, including former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, former Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, Pete Coors (CEO, Coors Brewing Co.) and others. The book traces the development of University Park from its days as a part of the town of South Denver, to its annexation to Denver proper and its astounding renaissance over the past decade.
University Park and South Denver is available at area bookstores and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing, 1-888-313-2665.