University Park and South Denver | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/university-park-and-south-denver[12/8/2015 1:03:46 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations Home University Park and South DenverUniversity Park and South DenverSubmitted by jainlayconley on 1-4-2010 03:43 PMAuthor: Steve Fisher Publishing: Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2009. 127 pages. Photos, bibliography. 6-1/2 x 9-1/4. $21.99 paperback. Reviewer: Dick Kreck University Park and South Denver is one in an apparently endless series of local photo histories called Images of America. This one might better be called The University of Denver and Its Surroundings and not just because the author, Steve Fisher, is an associate professor and curator of special collections for the universitys Penrose Library. DU was the social and economic engine that transformed the area of South Denver, a separate town from 1886 to 1894, when it was annexed to Denver after the financial panic of 1893, so most of the photographs are of the campus or students. Established as the Colorado Seminary on 150 acres in 1892 to allow its Methodist backers to escape wanton behavior in saloons and bordellos of lower Denver, the university is the epicenter of life in the area. University Park features dozens of photographs, most of them from the DU archives, but also includes pictures of Washington Park, Platt Park, City Ditch, and neighborhood mansions from other sources. Even the stalwart Oak Alley Inn and Stadium Inn are memorialized. Early photos show flat prairie farmland that produced alfalfa, corn, beets, apples, and cherries in what is today a full-blown neighborhood of businesses and upscale homes, generally centered at East Evans Avenue and South University Boulevard. Readers who seek a complete history of the area would do better to dive into Phil Goodsteins two-volume exploration, but University Park is a picturesque overview. Reviewer Info: Dick Kreck was an editor and columnist at The Denver Post for thirty-eight years before his retirement in 2007. He is the author of five books on Colorado history, including the best-selling Murder at the Brown Palace (2003) and Smaldone (2009). Add new comment EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanWe were most agreeably surprised to find him a polished gentleman. Description of James P. Beckwourth, African American mountain man, fur trader and explorer.