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From its hardscrabble beginnings as a pioneer outpost 150 years ago to its metropolitan status today, Denver’s story is a long and fascinating tale, populated by a colorful cast of characters.
Prospectors and settlers, soldiers and cowboys, newspapermen and entrepreneurs, railroad men and politicians, doctors and lawyers, suffragettes and society doyennes, artists and connoisseurs – all of them played an integral role in putting Denver on the map, literally and figuratively. The Denver Story Trek allows locals and visitors to get the inside story on these personalities.
The Trek leads visitors through a rich variety of Denver neighborhoods, capturing the essence of Denver's heritage and showcasing the vibrant city that it is today. A great experience by car or bus, Denver Story Trek can also be geared to two wheels – on a bicycle. Trek routes include the Cherry Creek Bike Path, Civic Center Park and five landmark "hubs" – Four Mile Historic Park, Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House Museum, Molly Brown House Museum, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and Black American West Museum.
Based on your own curiosity level, you may choose to trek chronologically, take diversions across themes or pioneer your own route. Whatever you choose to explore, take photos and make your own connections. Then share the stories of what you discovered on denverstorytrek.org. Visitors on the Trek can share their own stories about Denver via Trek Connect signs at each of the landmark hubs, which instruct visitors to dial a phone number to hear the site's official story, and then to listen to the memories of other trekkers as well as record their own.
When trekking, take plenty of water, remember your sunscreen and be safe. If trekking by bicycle, follow local bike laws and wear a helmet. Remember, you're trekking at your own risk.