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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)
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Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
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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.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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.

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
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
Sep 08, 2007 rated it liked it
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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.
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
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Well written memoir from a child's point of view. ...more
Sep 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
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A very quick read and very a educational history about Denver in the 1890's. ...more
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