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Confluence Park is located in the LoDo area. It is a place to relax and enjoy the skyline of Denver.


Cherry blossoms along Cherry Creek Trail.


Why not start your Denver experience right at the spot where Denver started?


It was at Confluence Park, in 1858, at the nexus of Cherry


Creek and the South Platte River, that a couple of gold pan- ners saw flecks of gold in the water, thus setting in motion the developments that would turn Denver into a world- class metropolis. Today, Confluence is one of the city’s most beloved parks, with beautiful views of downtown Denver and the South Platte River’s popular kayak chutes. For the next two years, Denver was a rough and tumble


pioneer town, with no real civic identity – it was essentially a collection of different camps, expanding every day with new settlers looking to make their fortune. An estimated 100,000 people rushed into Colorado between 1858 and 1860. As a result, in September, 1860, the People’s Govern-


ment was formed in Apollo Hall, a saloon in what is now Larimer Square. Larimer Square is perhaps as far from an Old West setting as it can be today. Instead, it’s filled with chic boutiques, fashionable Denverites, lavish nightclubs and fantastic restaurants. Walk a few blocks east and you’ll find yourself in the heart


of lower downtown – now known as LoDo by Denverites. Here you can still see a great deal of architecture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, much of which has been lovingly restored into restaurants, shops and office build- ings, blending perfectly with the more modern architecture of today’s Denver. Visitors and settlers began arriving via rail at Union Station on Wynkoop Street in the 1880s. Te original structure was destroyed by fire, but the station was rebuilt in 1894. Today, Union Station is poised to become yet again the hub of Denver’s transportation world as the


A historic photograph of Denver’s famous Molly Brown.


Denver skyline and City Park. 50 • Winter 2015 The Hub


Photo by The Molly Brown House and Visit Denver.


Photo by Visit Denver.


Photo by Bryce Boyer and Visit Denver.


Photo by Visit Denver.


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