Saturday, December 3, 2016

Letter from Pres. Dwight Eisenhower


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Dwight D. Eisenhower<br>1955
Dwight D. Eisenhower
1955
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My friends:
Again it is time for Mrs. Eisenhower and me to say goodbye to Denver after a summer's stay. This time we leave under somewhat unusual circumstances. As you know, I have spent some time in the hospital. Such a time is not wholly a loss.
Misfortune, and particularly the misfortune of illness, brings to all of us an understanding of how good people are.
To General Griffin, the staff at Fitzsimons, the medical staff, the nurses, the clinical technicians, the enlisted men--all of the people that even clean out the hospital: my very grateful thanks, because they have done so much, not only to take care of me, but to make my stay as pleasant as possible. They are devoted people.
In the same way, here at this Post, General Sprague and his staff have taken on an additional and extra load, and have done it cheerfully and in a way to earn my eternal gratitude.
Then, Mrs. Eisenhower and I have both been touched by the volume of messages that have come in--telegrams and letters and flowers and gifts. And finally we have been especially grateful. for the knowledge that over this country and over the world friends have sent up their prayers for a sick person.
So I leave with my heart unusually filled with gratefulness, to Denver, to the people here, to the locality--in fact to everyone who has been so kind.
And I hope that those people who have sent in messages--and Mrs. Eisenhower has not been able to reach them all; she did her best--that they will know, through this little talk, that we are eternally thankful to them.
Goodbye and good luck.

Note: The President spoke at the airport, Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colo., at 8:44 a.m. In his remarks the President referred to Maj. Gen. Martin E. Griffin, Commanding General of Fitzsimons Army Hospital, and Maj. Gen. John T. Sprague, Commander of Lowry Air Force Base.
Citation: Dwight D. Eisenhower: "Remarks on Leaving Denver, Colorado.," November 11, 1955. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=10383.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Denver City Center by Phil Goodstein

Phil Goodstein has been wandering the streets for 30 years, walking backwards as he tours the city. Among the first strolls he ever conducted was of the Civic Center.

Now he has put down his stories about it. They range from how Denver created the majestic central park at Colfax and Broadway to the artwork within it to the scandals behind it. His new The Denver Civic Center: The Heart of the Mile High City (Denver: New Social Publications, 2016. vi + 478 pp. ISBN 0–9860748–2–9), additionally looks at such surrounding structures as the City and County Building, the Capitol, the Mint, the Denver Art Museum, and the main Denver Public Library. In the process, he probes them from both the inside out and describes their problems and potentials. For those desiring spirits, there are occasional ghost tales such as the presence of a couple of heads floating in tunnels beneath the statehouse.

As is the case with all of Goodstein’s books, 484-page The Denver Civic Center is well illustrated. It touches on the surrounding areas of the Golden Triangle (the section bordered by Colfax, Broadway, and Cherry Creek) and the Silver Triangle (West Colfax to Speer Boulevard to about Champa
Street to 15th Street). The study revives gems of Denver’s past such as the glory that was 14th Street and peers at some of the cynical grasping and grabbing of the corporate elite. In a word, it is an excellent contribution to the city’s past and present.

The Denver City Center lists for $24.95. That is your price, postage and tax paid, from New Social Publications; Box 18026; Denver 80218. Copies can be ordered from Capitol Hill Books, 303/837–0700; capitolhillbooks.com. Or you can come and hear Goodstein rant and rave about the book at:
Book Bar (southeast corner of 43rd Avenue and Tennyson Street) Sunday, December 4, 4:00–5:30 PM (720/443-2227). This will include a discussion of North Denver and the distinctive role of the Berkeley neighborhood. It will also feature Goodstein’s book, North Side Story.

City Stacks, 1743 Wazee Street
Tuesday, December 13, 6:00–7:30 pm (303/297-1440)
A history of downtown is needed. The Denver Civic Center only touches the southeastern section of the area. Here the focus will be on how that area connects with the rest of downtown, especially LoDo

Wednesday, January 11, 6:30–9:00 PM
Everything about Denver
This is the first week of a four-part seminar on the history of Denver. The class will deal with the logic of the Denver street system and the Pikes Peak gold rush. The cost is $15.00 per person. It gathers in a private home at 1330 Monroe Street. (Monroe Street is four blocks west of Colorado Boulevard).

For more information call 303/333-1095.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Green Mountain Fire

Gabe Mercado sent this picture of the Green Mountain Fire from Colfax/Oak St. 2 blocks east of Simms St.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Not My President


 I think this might be the third time this week the Starbucks on Capitol Hill has been vandalized...

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sand Creek Spiritual Healing Run

Photo courtesy the Daily Camera
EADS, Colo. (AP) — Descendants of Native Americans killed in the Sand Creek massacre are making their annual healing run from Colorado's Eastern Plains to Denver as they mark the 152nd anniversary of the attack.
Starting Thursday, the Cheyenne and Arapaho runners and anyone wishing to join them will head from the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site near Eads and make their way toward Denver, nearly 200 miles away. The run will end Sunday at the state Capitol after stopping at Riverside Cemetery to honor two U.S. Army officers who refused to fire on their ancestors.

About 200 people were killed in the attack on Nov. 29, 1864 led by Col. John Chivington. He and his soldiers then headed to Denver where they paraded some of the victims' remains down Colfax Avenue. The healing run roughly follows their route.