Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “On Colfax Avenue: A Victorian Childhood” as Want to Read:
On Colfax Avenue: A Victorian Childhood
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

On Colfax Avenue: A Victorian Childhood

(History Colorado)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  7 reviews
"Everyone was moving to Denver, which was mushrooming all over the prairie and giving every evidence of becoming a metropolis of real proportion" - so recalls Elizabeth Young of her childhood on Colfax Avenue. Her youth ran parallel to that of her hometown: she grew up in the 1890s in the midst of Denver's rapid metamorphosis from frontier town to modern city. Young's memo ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 15th 2004 by Colorado Historical Society (first published July 2004)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about On Colfax Avenue, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about On Colfax Avenue

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-33
Average rating 3.57  · 
Rating details
 ·  21 ratings  ·  7 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of On Colfax Avenue: A Victorian Childhood
Barbara
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it
A sweet but slight memoir of a girl growing up in 1890’s Denver. Many little sidebars of provided some details about neighbors, activities and mores but not much more meat. Most memorable trivia was the 1000’ high bonfire on Pikes Peak for Independence Day 1901.
Laura
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: colorado
Very enjoyable read about the author's childhood in the early days of Denver. I loved the random stories and tidbits from the footnotes too. It painted a fun picture of Denver - with a few references that still hold today.

Quotes:
About being buried in Fairmount Cemetery, pg 60, "Still, this was a pleasant place to lie, with the sun pouring down out of the blue sky and meadowlarks and the mountains standing guard forever."

Pg 91, "The snow had stopped falling, and the sky was brilliant with stars a
...more
Cheryl
The author reminisces about her childhood growing up on Colfax Avenue in 1890's Denver. It's a fascinating read about this bygone era, and the people and events that influenced the history of Denver. Photos of turn of the century Denver add to the interest. ...more
Christi
Sep 08, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
This was a really interesting book that was published by the Colorado Historical Society. Throughout it provides information not only about Victorian society but also Denver Society during that era.
Judy
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Is that because I'm familiar with many of the names and places that are mentioned? The author lived this story, so the descriptions and experiences all 'feel' authentic. ...more
Nina
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographies, colorado
Well written memoir from a child's point of view. ...more
Todd
Sep 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
A very quick read and very a educational history about Denver in the 1890's. ...more
Sara Overby
rated it liked it
Mar 11, 2018
Cassi
rated it really liked it
Aug 03, 2015
Dawn
rated it liked it
Mar 04, 2014
Pamela
rated it liked it
Dec 02, 2019
Elizabeth Beck
rated it liked it
Dec 08, 2019
Alan Witherington
rated it it was amazing
Jul 25, 2016
Jared Smith
rated it did not like it
Jan 10, 2016
Keith Graham
rated it really liked it
Jun 08, 2014
Kathleen Edillor
rated it really liked it
Jul 16, 2014
Rebekah
rated it liked it
Aug 29, 2012
William Zaki
rated it really liked it
Dec 07, 2016
Heather
rated it it was ok
Mar 04, 2009
Lorian Bruce
rated it it was amazing
Dec 08, 2016
Katie
rated it it was amazing
Aug 02, 2014
Jenny
marked it as to-read
Aug 30, 2012
Linda Gonzales-welch
marked it as to-read
Dec 08, 2012
Melinda Krause
marked it as to-read
Jul 07, 2013
Annette Hughes
marked it as to-read
Apr 07, 2014
Erika Lowe
marked it as to-read
Feb 09, 2016
Olivia
marked it as to-read
Feb 10, 2016
Ashlei Roa Merrill
marked it as to-read
Feb 10, 2016
Jessica Mardock
marked it as to-read
Feb 28, 2016
Sean
marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2016
Kimberly Perez
marked it as to-read
Jun 10, 2017
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
0 followers
Librarian’s note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Other books in the series

History Colorado (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Coal People: Life in Southern Colorado's Company Towns, 1890-1930
  • Denver Inside and Out
  • History of Leadville and Lake County, Colorado
  • La Gente: Hispano History and Life in Colorado
  • Mining among the Clouds: The Mosquito Range and the Origins of Colorado's Silver Boom
  • The Denver Artists Guild: Its Founding Members; An Illustrated History
  • The Life and Times of Richard Castro: Bridging a Cultural Divide
  • The Santa Fe Trail: New Perspectives
  • This Soldier Life: The Diaries of Romine H. Ostrander, 1863 and 1865, in Colorado Territory
  • William Henry Jackson: An Intimate Portrait, The Elwood P. Bonney Journal

Related Articles

  Discover lots of new and upcoming nonfiction reads this spring with our author interviews, articles, and book lists!   Interviews with...
3 likes · 0 comments