Robert Speer was the mayor of Denver in the early part of the twentieth century. He was arrogant, autocratic, and somewhat corrupt, but the appearance of the city today has a lot to do with his vision.
In Block 35, along the east of Fairmount is the beautiful Nisei Memorial. During World War II many people from the west coast of Japanese ancestry were interned in detention camps, including Camp Amache, in southeastern Colorado.
Created as a free institution within the Denver public school system, the Opportunity School offered trade education for barbers, bakers, and plumbers. Many of Griffith’s students were immigrants. Having come to the United States from foreign countries, they could not speak English well, and sometimes not at all.
Legend has it that Brown – one of the wealthiest men in America – was turned away from the prestigious Windsor hotel because he was dressed as a cowboy. In revenge, he built the Brown Palace Hotel in 1889, as well as the Tabor Mansion for his personal residence.