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  • American Museum of Western Art
    1727 Tremont Place, Denver, CO 80202, United States
  • Black American West Museum
    3091 California, Denver, CO 80205
  • Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library & Museum
    2401 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205
  • Byers-Evans House Museum
    1310 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204
  • Children's Museum of Denver
    2121 Children's Museum Drive, Denver, CO 80211
  • Clyfford Still Museum
    1250 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204
  • Colorado Governor's Mansion
    400 E 8th Ave., Denver, CO 80203
  • Denver Art Museum
    100 West 13th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204, United States
  • Denver Firefighters Museum
    1326 Tremont Pl., Denver, CO 80204
  • Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys | Pearce-McAllister Cottage
    1880 Gaylord, Denver, CO 80206
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
    2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205
  • Denver Police Museum
    1331 Cherokee St, Denver, CO 80204
  • Dikeou Collection
    1615 California St., Suite 515, Denver, CO 80202
  • Forney Transportation Museum
    4303 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO 80216
  • Fort Logan Field Officer’s Quarters Museum
    3742 West Princeton Circle, Denver, CO 80236, United States
  • Four Mile Historic Park
    715 S Forest St., Denver, CO 80246
  • Golda Meir House Museum
    1606-1608 Julian St., Denver, CO 80204
  • History Colorado Center
    1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
  • Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
    1201 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80204
  • Mizel Arts & Culture Center
    350 S Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80246
  • Mizel Museum
    400 South Kearney, Denver, CO 80224
  • Molly Brown House
    1340 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO 80203
  • Molly Brown Summer House
    2690 S Wadsworth Blvd., Denver, CO 80227
  • Museo de las Américas (Museum of the Americas)
    861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
    1485 Delgany St.,Denver, CO 80202
  • Stiles African American Heritage Center
    2607 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80205
  • Telecommunications History Group Museum
    PO Box 8719, Denver, CO 80201-8719
  • The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL)
    99 W. 12th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204
  • The Denver Money Museum
    1020 16th St, Denver, CO 80202
  • University of Denver Museum of Anthropology
    Sturm Hall, Room 146, 2000 E Asbury Ave., Denver, CO 80208
  • Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
    7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO 80230, United States

Historical Facts About Denver

Reconstructed Montana City. Structures have been removed in favor of a new park in 2016.

Reconstructed Montana City: Structures have been removed.

The first collection of white men’s dwellings in all this “Colorado region” was at “Montana City,” which was established in the summer of 1858 in that part of the city bounded by West Evans, South Tremont and West Iliff streets and the Platte River, but abandoned upon the establishment of Auraria and Denver in the fall of the same year.

The first white man’s house in what is now the City and County of Denver was probably at Montana City, but the first permanent residence in the settlement at the junction of Cherry Creek and the Platte River, from which Denver really grew, was the double cabin erected in 1858 by a trapper named John S. Smith and the Russell boys, who spent the winter in it.

The first attempt at the establishment of a town site was on September 24, 1858, when the town of

Historic Montana City, in Grant-Frontier Park, is becoming an updated riverfront park.

Historic Montana City, in Grant-Frontier Park, is undergoing change.

St. Charles, in “Arapahoe county, Kansas territory,” was established on the east bank of Cherry Creek, now known as East Denver. On Nov. 1 of the same year Auraria City was founded on the west bank of Cherry Creek, with ostensibly 100 incorporators. Nov. 17, St. Charles having been abandoned, the site was taken possession of by General William Larimer and his party of forty-one, who organized the Denver Town Company, and changed the name to Denver after General W. Denver, then governor of Kansas territory.

A town named “Highland” was also established on the west bank of the Platte, and the three “cities” were consolidated as the “City of Denver, Auraria and Highland,” on Dec. 19, 1859, by an act of the “Territory of Jefferson,” acquiesced in by the people of all three “cities,” a community of interest having been doubtless established by the building of a bridge across Cherry Creek at. Larimer street, the first “public improvement” in Denver.

The first city election was held Dec. 19, 1859, John C. Moore being elected mayor. A characteristically original attempt was made the same year to organize the “Territory of Jefferson,” and two sessions of its legislature were actually held, but on Feb. 28, 1861, the Territory of Colorado was organized, with William Gilpin as its first governor, the officers of the “Territory of Jefferson” gracefully surrendering to the inevitable. — Reprint from Denver Municipal Facts, Volume 4 Number 31, 1912 August 3, page 14.

Dedication of Montana City marker

Dedication of Montana City marker. November 8, 1924.

Dedication of Montana City marker. November 8, 1924.

J. J. Reithman and Frank Byers flank a plaque commemorating Montana City, Colorado. The brass letters read: “To perpetuate the memory of the founding of Montana City September 1858 the first organized town in the region and the beginning of Denver. This monument erected by the Denver Chapter Sons of the American Revolution 1924.” A United States flag, another flag, and women are in the background. Photo, Denver Public Library, Western History Department.

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