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The streets leading in and out of Capitol Hill features familiar names. The names, Byers, Cheesman, Evans, Moffat, Boettcher and others identify the founders of Denver and represent the potential of Denver. Denver could be more than a temporary mining town. In an effort to create a notable city, the founders constructed grand homes along the streets west of Cheesman Park, all the way into Capitol Hill.

In the beginning, Capitol Hill was known as Brown’s Bluff, after Henry C. Brown. Brown’s Bluff was mostly barren land with a gorgeous view of the mountains, but after Brown donated the land to construct the Colorado State Capitol, the scenery changed. Neighborhoods started to emerge and wealthy residents started to move into the city’s first suburb, Curtis Park. The sign for Capitol Hill is in front of the beautiful Dunning-Benedict Mansion at 12th and Pennsylvania

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Story Site #130 Capitol Hill

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Oral History #218 told by Harry Tuft

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