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My childhood in Denver. Beach Ct., Cory, & Bradley Elementary; Merrill Jr Hi; South and TJ High. Going to movies downtown on the bus on Saturday. Valley Highway flooding from rain storms. Radio programs for kids, & no tv until 1952 then one tv station -- Channel 2, antennas on almost every house. Barnes dance -- way ahead of its time. Etc, etc, etc...

Thank you for adding this terrific list of your memories of Denver places during this time frame.  Agreed that the Barnes dance must have seemed like an idea ahead of its time!

Hi Abby, I'm with Historic Berkeley Regis, a neighborhood group involved in identifying, researching, and celebrating historic resources in northwest Denver. We have searched the DPL website for images of our area in the past, and I don't recall the one of Tennyson coming up. Is it from a newly acquired collection? Are there others of Tennyson or other Berkeley Regis resources? Great photos and blog post! Thanks, Tom Simmons, frraden@msn.com, 303-477-7597

Thank you for your comment, Tom.  These items have only been recently scanned for the digital collections online, but the collection has been in the library for several years. Come in any time to see the Denver Public Works Records (WH1741) in person. There are a few more negatives from the Berkeley neighborhood in there that haven't yet been scanned.  

the Gates parking is interesting in several ways; for one thing, the histories i've read suggest that a large portion of Gates employees had lived in the surrounding neighborhoods; either they didn't feel like walking a few blocks, or many of them lived farther away at this point

note the gas pumps; did Gates perhaps provide discount gasoline to its employees? this might induce them to drive even if the distance were short; and when we reviewed the various contamination issues on this part of the property, i don't recall the presence of underground gasoline tanks (which very commonly contaminated surrounding soil) to have been noted

finally, i don't see a single car in the Gates lot that has a curved windshield; some employees might have had older cars, but not every one of them; does this help date the photo?

I'm going to suggest you are looking towards the east at the back side of the plant from Santa Fe and Mississippi. On that corner stood an employee service station and there was a tunnel into the plant under the railroad tracks.

Doug, thanks for providing this background information on the vantage point from which this photograph was taken. 

I'm going to suggest you are looking towards the east at the back side of the plant from Santa Fe and Mississippi. On that corner stood an employee service station and there was a tunnel into the plant under the railroad tracks.

Steve, thank you for you comment. The questions you raise are good examples of the type of inquiry that can emerge from using a photograph as a primary source research tool. Probably dating the makes/models of the cars in the lot would be our best bet to narrow the date range when the photo might have been taken. Thanks for sharing your observations! 

The "16th and Curtis" picture is incorrectly labeled - if you zoom in on the street signs, top right corner it shows the cross sign intersection of 16th and Champa.

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