Riverside Historical People

Capt. Silas Stillman Soule

Another shooting on the streets of Denver Silas Soule (pronounced “sole”) was born in Maine in 1838, and grew up there and later in Massachusetts. His parents were strong abolitionists who joined a group whose goal was to help settle the Kansas territory and bring it...

Veterans of Riverside Cemetery

In late 2014, the Fairmount Heritage Foundation asked if I would develop a research project for the Riverside Veterans as I did for the babies and children buried in Block 12 (Riverside Block 12 Project). With excitement stirring in my heart I responded: “Yes, I would love to.” However, there was a caveat,… the Burial Books and the Block Books had been sent out for digitization, and, therefore not available for me to search through.

Zipporah Hammond First Black Graduate University of Colorado Nursing School

So often when we write about the residents of Riverside it is because of their contributions to early Colorado history, Zipporah Hammond is the exception to that trend. Up until her death in 2011 she was working as a volunteer at the Denver Public Library’s Western History Department. She spent countless hours cataloging and organizing vast amounts of information pertaining to Denver’s black history.

Sergeant Cupid

I  admit to being curious about a man named Cupid, especially when he also was a Sergeant in the US Army,  Sergeant Cupid Rodgers.  My first thought was, this must have been one tough dude to have survived with that name.  As far as I can determine while doing my...