Thursday, October 25, 2012

Park Hill Promise by Phil Goodstein

Denver’s foremost historian and tour guide, Phil Goodstein, grew up in Park Hill. After dealing with numerous other parts of the city and tracing the Mile High story from the Pikes Peak gold rush into the 21st century, he has now returned to his childhood roots in Park Hill Promise The Quest for an Idyllic Denver Neighborhood.
     This is a dynamic study of the neighborhood east of City Park to the north of Colfax to virtually to the city’s northern border to the old Stapleton Airport. The dreamers and the schemers in the area are omnipresent in this chronological account. They range from a misanthropic German baron, Eugen von Winckler, who originally staked claim to the area, to boosters who have asserted Park Hill is the country’s ultimate residential neighborhood. Here and there, socialists have been in Park Hill along with numerous corporate figures, bankers, and politicians.
     Two generations of the children have grown up playing at Turtle Park at 23rd Avenue and Dexter Street. How it used to be a cobbler’s shop, which Conoco long eyed as a filling station, is part of the Park Hill story.
     So is why there is no 21st Avenue or 24th Avenue directly to the east of Colorado Boulevard, the reason for square blocks in part of the section, and the way all Denver school policies since the 1960s have had a Park Hill pivot.
     Goodstein will talk about and sign copies of Park Hill Promise, ISBN 0–9742264–7–5, a 598-page, well-illustrated volume on:

Saturday, October 6, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM.
Park Hill Library 720/865-0250
Montview Boulevard and Dexter Street

Saturday, November 17, 10:00 AM–11:30 AM
The Gardens at St. Elizabeth, 303/964-2000
2835 West 32nd Avenue
(the highrise two blocks east of Federal Boulevard)

Monday, November 26, 7:30 PM.
Colfax Tattered Cover, 303/322-7727
Colfax and Elizabeth Street

Sunday, December 2, 3:00 PM.
Broadway Book Mall, 303/744-2665
200 South Broadway (at Cedar Avenue)

He will also sign copies of the book on:

Saturday, November 10; 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Park Hill Bookstore, 303/355-8508
4620 23rd Avenue (near the corner of Dexter Street)

Saturday, November 24; 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Castle Marne, 303/331-0621
1572 Race Street

Sunday, December 9, 12:00 PMÐ2:00 PM
A Bargain in Books, 303/789-2998
35 West Floyd Avenue (half a block west of South Broadway)

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