Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Mile High City

Excerpt: The History Press

When prospectors set up camp on Cherry Creek in 1858, Denver emerged as a lightning rod for the extraordinary. Time has washed away so many unusual stories from the nineteenth century Law and Order League, lynches, suffragettes and the touching plight of the gypsies…Elizabeth Wallace knocks the dust off these details and introduces readers to characters like world heavyweight boxing Champion Charles L. “Sonny” Liston, hit man turned rodeo promoter Leland Varain, aka “Diamond Jack,” and the city’s daring wall dogs, whose hand-painted building advertisements are facing reminders of a bygone Denver.