HCWPAN Meeting #1: Who Lived in My House?

Our inaugural meeting of the History Club of Washington Park Area Neighbors (HCWPAN) featured two homes on Lincoln Street in the Washington Park West Neighborhood in Denver, CO. The owners of these homes, Brittany Spinner and Amanda Roberts, dive deep into their homes’ histories to discover stories about the inhabitants’ lives.

They talked about Enid Phelps Seip and Eugenie P. Underhill, pioneer matriarchs and fascinating residents of the Pomeroy’s South Broadway Subdivision constructed in the early 1900s and located in South Denver.

Tramway cars parked at DTC South Broadway station located at South Broadway and Dakota, [1900-1905]. This station was located at the northwest corner of Pomeroy’s South Broadway Subdivision. One of the owners of the homes discussed in the presentation was a DTC streetcar conductor and met his future wife on the University Park Car he drove, while she was attending Denver University.
Image source: Denver Public Library Digital Collections

Interested in researching your Denver, CO, home?

Start with this tutorial from Denver Public Library. Then search Denver Tax Assessor Records to locate the legal description of your home. Next, you can access Denver Public Library’s website and find the original handwritten chain of ownership records and match your plot with the plots in these records. If you find a name, you can search the city directories at the time they lived there and search more about their name and occupation. From there, you can search to your heart’s desire in the following ways:

It’s fun, addictive, and you’ll end up down a lot of rabbit holes! Enjoy your search.

Next Meeting Topic: Transportation in Our Neighborhood

The next meeting of HCWPAN was scheduled for August 5, 2020, and discussed transportation in our neighborhood. If you missed that session, please attend the August 12, 2020, presentation!

Getting Around Town: A Look at Transportation
Join us for our August event where we discuss the history of transportation in our neighborhood. We will look at how residents got around town, stories of the streetcars, and how the evolution of transportation changed the way our neighborhood looks today. If you have stories to share or contribute, let us know and we can sign you up for a time slot during the presentation.

Date/Time: Wed, Aug 12, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM, via Zoom.