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ENRICH-0032 – Hist: Denver's Streetcars (ENRICH-0032_CARS)

Denver’s Streetcars: Riding History’s Rails Into the Future

Denver once had one of the largest streetcar systems in the nation, reaching as far as Boulder, Golden, Littleton and Aurora. Even when automobiles became available, many continued using streetcars, but such patrons quickly became a minority. By 1953, this efficient and far-reaching system of public transit was gone. Join Denver historian Kevin Pharris as he leads a class session on the history (and future) of Denver’s transit on rails. Though the streetcar’s demise was certainly expedited by the automobile, perhaps the bigger reason was fashion: people thought rail-based transit to be an embarrassing relic of the past. Yet, just 20 years after their disappearance, some of the luster of the automobile had faded and conversations began to bring back the streetcars. Though it would take decades for Denver to regain rail options for commuters, today’s growing system has proven popular: Denver's FasTracks program is admired and studied by other American municipalities. For class two, Pharris leads you on a walking tour of Historic LoDo to witness the signs of the past and to learn more about what the future holds for Denver’s rail-based transit. Hints of Denver’s streetcar stories are everywhere, so get on board and see them for yourself!

Two sessions
Wed., 6:30-8:30 pm, Oct. 25, 2017
Historic LoDo walking tour, Sat., 10 am-noon, Oct. 28
Location: Room 380, Sturm Hall, DU campus

Kevin Pharris is a historian and tour guide who has been sharing the stories of Denver and the West with Denver residents and tourists for more than a decade.
Course Details
Location: DU Main CampusMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 13Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $70


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Wednesday25th October 201725th October 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallKevin Pharris
Saturday28th October 201728th October 201710:00AM - 12:00PMN/AKevin Pharris