Cheesman Park - Denver Botanical Gardens - Capitol Hill - Cherry Creek - Whittier - Etc.

  • Bike Denver <BikeDenver.org> - The severely excacerbated motor traffic levels on Capitol Hill and in Cheesman Park are a detriment to human health and safety. Bicycling is a prime solution. Although Capitol Hill's one way streets are dangerous death traps for cyclists, many of our back streets are great for biking. The Bike Denver web site is devoted to promoting bicycling around Denver.

  • Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods <CHUNDenver.org> - A leading community organization, CHUN is involved in neighborhood improvements, activities, quality of life issues and historic preservation. Thier location is at the south edge of Cheesman Park in the Tears-McFarlane house.
    1290 Williams Street,, Denver, CO

  • Cheesman Park Advocacy Group <CheesmanPark.org> - This group obtained funding that led to significant Cheesman Park improvements after they held a public meeting in 2004. CPAG is a nonprofit organization.

  • Colfax Business Improvement District <ColfaxAve.com> - This organization may have a slant toward real estate improvement and potentially controversial positions on matters of business. But they are one of the potent organizations in matters of neighborhood life and politics. And they certainly appear to have a history of supporting Cheesman Park improvements.

  • Colorado Historical Society <ColoradoHistory.org> - Probably the leading historic organization in Colorado. They operate numerous museums and do much else pertaining to history in the state.
    Denver, CO

  • Colorado's Home <ColoradosHome.org> - "a program of the Governor's Residence Preservation Fund" (GRPF). The lavish home that would eventually become the Colorado Governor's Mansion was originally planned by Walter Cheesman as his private family residence. It's construction was carried out by his family immediately after his death. The GRPF was founded by Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter "to provide foundation for the support, preservation, and awareness of "Colorado's Home", also known as the "Cheesman-Evans-Boettcher Mansion".The mansion is located at 400 E. Eighth Avenue (at the corner of Logan Street) in Denver and is open weekly for tours and periodically has open house events. See also the Wikipedia link for "Colorado Governor's Mansion" on this page.)

  • Congress Park Neighborhood Inc. <CongressParkNeighbors.org> - This group concerns itself with the residential, business and civic interests of the neighborhood known as "Congress Park", situated essentially north and east of its namesake, the small park called Congress Park. The neighborhood center is generally recognized as two small clusterings of independent shops along the placid and quiet 12th Avenue, beginning eastward a few blocks east of York Street and three blocks south of busy East Colfax Avenue. Both the park called Congress Park and Denver Botanic Gardens are fronted on York Street. Congress Park neighborhood is a "blessed" oasis, somewhat isolated from the massive traffic problems, pollution and noise of adjacent Capitol Hill and surrounding east Denver. To the south, it gradually blends into the posh boutique and residential zone known as "Cherry Creek North".

  • Country Club Historic District <CountryClubHistoric.org> - If you happen to live in Country Club neighborhood, chances are that your block IS a beautiful park, thickly draped with gorgeous trees and laid out with fine gardens. In one case, I know of a certain well-to-do gentleman with a park-sized backyard full of statues and fountains. Cheesman Park is a one mile walk for anyone who would have any reason to leave this posh inner city golden ghetto.

  • Denver Botanic Gardens <BotanicGardens.org> - The Gardens are 23 acres of green paradise situated directly adjacent to the east border of Cheesman Park. A variety of gardens are manifest including a large Japanese water garden, assorted ponds and a wide variety of flowers, vines, trees and shrubs. DBG features over 17,000 plant species. They are open year round with limited free days posted on their Calendar page. DBG is partly funded by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Small outdoor concerts are staged at the sunken amphitheater during warm months. Notable performers have included Joan Baez, Leon Redbone, Jakob Dylan and his band The Wallflowers. You can download a PDF map of DBG on their website.

  • Denver Chamber of Commerce <DenverChamber.org> - Walter Cheesman was one of four prominent early Denverites who founded the Denver Board of Trade, which later became Denver Chamber of Commerce.

  • Denver City Government <DenverGov.org> - Denver City Government maintains and governs Cheesman Park. The City web site has much info about many other city parks and attractions. Permits for private park activities are also issued by Denver City Government. The best way to find city government info on Cheesman Park is to type "Cheesman" into their search lookup. You will find lots of pages on Cheesman Park. See also the Parks dept. link below....

  • Denver Public Library <DenverLibrary.org> - The Western History department has rich historical treasures and photographic collections. Some of this material is available online.

  • Google Maps <Maps.Google.com> - Search "Cheesman Park". Be sure to try the "Satellite" view and zoom in. Click the red marker in the center of the park, then click "more", and "street view" to get a pedistrian view of Cheesman. You can even pan full circle. Get directions and mileage to and from the park from anywhere.

  • Historic Denver <HistoricDenver.org> -
    mission: "Founded in 1970 with a successful effort to restore the Molly Brown House, Historic Denver, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation of Denver's architecturally and historically significant buildings and neighborhoods. Historic Denver is one of the nation's largest private, non profit preservation organizations."
    Denver, CO

  • Legends of America - Cheesman Park <LegendsOfAmerica.com/CO-CheesmanPark.html> -

  • Life on Capitol Hill <LifeOnCapHill.com> - Monthly free newspaper follows issues of Capitol Hill, surrounding neighborhoods and parks.

  • MyColfax.org <MyColfax.org> -

  • The Park People <TheParkPeople.com> - Great site for Denver park lovers.

  • Prarie Ghosts - Cheesman Page <PrairieGhosts.com/cheesman.html> - details about Cheesman being haunted and littered with unmoved and broken corpses.

  • Regional Transportation District <RTD-Denver.com> - The beauty of Denver's bus system is that every bus has a free bike rack allowing you to bus in from any part of the metro area and then bicycle around the park. It's a great energy combination, especially for bicyclists with bad knees. RTD traverses Cheesman Park with stops along Twelfth Avenue as well as Eighth Avenue. The RTD website has downloadable schedules and maps. All good reason to not bring your car to Cheesman Park.

  • Rocky Mtn. Paranormal Society - Cheesman Page <RockyMountainParanormal.com/Cheese.htm> - a great page on Mount Prospect, the cemetery that became Cheeseman Park. Site has historical info, old photos and darkly comic sound byte.

  • South City Park Neighborhood Association <SCPNA.org> -

  • Whittier Neighborhood Association <WhittierNeighborhood.org> -

  • Wikipedia Links:
    • The Changeling (film) <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Changeling_(film)> - 1980 horror film directed by Peter Medak, starring George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere. Based on the experiences of writer Russell Hunter while living in the now-gone Henry Treat Rogers mansion at 1739 East 13th Avenue in 1968. The house was allegedly haunted by bizarre ghostly stirrings and nobody wanted to live there. This would be along the north edge of 13th Avenue (between Williams and Gilpin) and not touching Cheesman Park, which is just a few yards from the south edge of the avenue, but nevertheless extremely close. The Wikipedia page has some deep links for further reading. On one of the linked pages, iconic film-maker Martin Scorsese rates the Changeling as one of the scariest horror flicks of all time.

    • Cheesman Park <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheesman_Park> -

    • Colorado Governor's Mansion <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Governor's_Mansion> - The Governor's Mansion was originally built in 1908 as a residence for the widow and daughter of Walter S. Cheesman. Mr. Cheesman had planned to begin building the mansion but died a year earlier. The late Georgian Revival structure is known as the "Cheesman-Evans-Boettcher Mansion" to reflect the transition of two prominent owners. It was given to the State of Colorado in 1959 to become the Governor's official residence. The mansion is located at 400 E. Eighth Avenue (at the corner of Logan Street) in Denver and is open weekly for tours and periodically has open house events. The Wikipedia page has an interesting link to more history as well.

    • Congress Park, Denver <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congress_Park,_Denver> - The whole of the historic large burial grounds called Mt. Prospect Cemetery became the very large "Congress Park" before it was split up into a much smaller Congress Park, a large Cheesman Park and Denver Botanic Gardens. Today's remaining Congress Park is situated at he NE corner of York Street and East Eighth Avenue.

    • Denver Botanic Gardens <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver_Botanic_Gardens> - This small Wikipedia page has a reference link to a 2008 Denver Post article about more old graves being found as construction workers were digging at DBG.

    • Denver Pacific Railway and Telegraph Company <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver_Pacific_Railway_and_Telegraph_Company> - Walter Cheesman was one of seven business leaders who formed this company to create a vital rail link between Cheyenne and Denver. It became operative in 1870. The link made Denver part of the nationwide network of railroads, enabling commerce to expand. Even the mere continued existence of Denver without the rail line, was questionable. Before its completion, many people were leaving Denver in favor of other towns including Cheyenne, to escape harsh conditions, disease and lack of sanitary infrastructure. The Rocky Mountain News, whose founder William Byers was a partner in the venture, declared essentially that the rail link saved Denver from extinction before the town was fully twelve years old.

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