Students walk through Denver’s fascinating past in tours of one of these five historic areas:
Explore Denver’s historic Union Station and see how it’s changing into a 21st-century transit hub. Walk through the old warehouse district of early 20th century Denver and learn what makes it special. Students discover the role of transportation and industry in Denver’s past and future.
Learn about the Gold Rush days and city founder William Larimer. Explore Larimer Square and encounter some of the city’s oldest, best-preserved buildings. Students discover the transition of this area from vibrant commercial district to skid row—and its renaissance as a historic district.
Learn about the statues and buildings that make up historic Civic Center. Discover the park’s origins and how Mayor Robert Speer transformed Denver through the concepts of the City Beautiful movement. Students learn to recognize important buildings such as our State Capitol and City Hall.
Explore people, places and ideas that shaped Denver’s African American culture and history. Discover the story of Denver’s first African American firefighting company and the home of Five Points’ most beloved doctor. Learn why Denver was the “Harlem of the West” in the 1940s!
The town of Auraria was founded on November 1, 1858, three weeks before William Larimer platted the future “Denver City” on the other side of Cherry Creek. The towns eventually merged into the city we know today. Discover the rich story of this immigrant neighborhood and how it transformed into the city’s biggest university campus.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Times: Wednesdays, Thursdays and
Fridays, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $2 per person; teaching staff free;
Title I schools $1 per person ($50 minimum fee).
Cancellation notice of 3 weeks is required for all programs to receive a full refund. Cancellations with less than 3 weeks’ notice are nonrefundable but may be rescheduled within a 12-month period. If the trip is canceled due to inclement weather, schools will be given the opportunity to reschedule if possible or the payment will be returned in full.
Cold weather policy for our K-12 walking tours: To ensure the safety and well being of students, chaperons and guides, we cannot conduct walking tours when it is less than 32 degrees outside. Due to limited access of indoor space, it would be unsafe to expose participants to extreme weather for the duration of the tour (1 hour and 15 minutes). Should a tour need to be rescheduled History Colorado staff will contact the school as soon as possible.