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The Ghosts of University Park, Platt Park and Beyond, Phil Goodstein
A rocking chair moves by itself. The shadowy presence of a woman dressed in mourning materializes in a seminary. Children suddenly see a row of graves. The click of billiard balls resonates in an empty mansion. Such are some of the tales of the ghosts of South Denver.
To appreciate the spirits, it is necessary to know the history of the neighborhood and how it has developed. This is the third and final volume in a monumental History of South Denver. It focuses on the central importance of the University of Denver to both University Park and Denver as a whole. The book complements this by looking at nearby sections south of Interstate 25 such as Platt Park near South Logan Street and Florida Avenue, the former State Home for Dependent and Neglected Children at South Clarkson Street and Iliff Avenue in the Rosedale neighborhood, Wellshire near South Colorado Boulevard and Hampden Avenue, and Hampden Avenue, and much more. In the process, the people, schools, churches, and businesses of the area come alive.
The Spirit of South Broadway is the first part of The History of South Denver. It covers the broadway corridor from Cherry Creek to Englewood. Volume two, The Haunts of Washington Park, treats the greenery and the surrounding neighborhoods. With the Ghost of University Park, Platt Park, and Beyond, they form a comprehensive look at the area and the forces which have haunted them since their origins in the 19th century.