Soc Sci In-Person: Denver Crime Scene Bus Tour


Course Details

  • Course Code: ENRICH-0870_CSBT
  • Location: University Park
  • Mode of Study: In-person
  • Places Left: 8
  • Waitlist Places Left: 5
  • Fee: $40
A Bus Tour of Infamous Denver Crimes
One In-Person Session
Sat., Apr. 27, 2024, 10 am-12 pm MT

Ever since the gold rush, Denver has served as Colorado’s gateway and major metropolis. But in the early days, Denver’s government services were few and far between. In particular, the legal system was slow to get organized, which led to widespread cases of mob justice, vendettas and vigilantism. It’s been reported that an early English traveler who was visiting Denver noted, “A man’s life is no more worth than that of a dog.”

To address that issue, the Denver Police Department was founded in 1859 and was charged with enforcing the laws. “And ever since its founding, the department has investigated and solved many noteworthy crimes—several garnering national attention,” says Bill Finch, historian of the Denver Police Museum.

In this one-session field trip, Finch takes you on a historic bus tour that visits the locations of many fascinating and heart-breaking crimes that have occurred throughout the downtown area. Plus, see the Denver Firefighters Museum and peruse historic police cars. And finally, hear stories from the police archives and learn about the people who worked to provide justice for the victims. Come away with a renewed appreciation for Denver and its law enforcement community.

Bill Finch is a retired Denver police officer who holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University at Pueblo. He has won awards for distinguished service, merit and community service along with numerous honors from the Denver Police Museum for his work researching Denver’s 77 fallen officers.


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Days of the Week Start Date End Date Time Venue Instructor
Saturday 27 April 2024 27 April 2024 10:00AM - 12:00PM All Students N/A