“Books such as these become classics and deserve a place in everyone’s library.”
Denver Westerners Roundup
“Mrs. Arps has a special knack for surprising the reader with the richness of the familiar.… She gives the feel of Denver, the context of its behavior, as one who loves the place too well to be carelessly romantic.”
Rocky Mountain Herald
“Of a hundred books written on the Mile High City, Denver in Slices is one of the most enduring and endearing. Louisa Ward Arps, a most eloquent native daughter, sketches her favorite people and places in short, lively, highly original pieces. These also served as the opening program for Denver’s first public television station.”
Thomas J. Noel, University of Colorado at Denver
The Old West has been viewed from many perspectives, from the scornful to the uncritically romantic. But seldom has it been treated with the honest nostalgia of the wonderful accounts and pictures gathered in Denver in Slices.
Ohio University Press/Swallow Press is proud to reissue this Western classic, which includes a brief survey of all Denver history, some slices depicting the most fascinating places and characters. The City Ditch, Cherry Creek, River Front Park, the Denver Mint, the Tabors, the Windsor Hotel, the Baron of Montclair, Overland Park, Buffalo Bill, Elitch's Gardens, and Eugene Field—they're all here. Illustrating these stories is an array of nearly one hundred pictures of the people, buildings, and street scenes: a fascinating panorama of the gold rush camp that became the Rocky Mountain metropolis.
With a new foreword by renowned Denver historian Thomas J. Noel, this classic will once again help preserve Denver's lively past.
Louisa Ward Arps was a lifetime resident of Denver. For her work on local and state history, Mrs. Arps received in 1982 an award from the American Association of State & Local History and a tribute from the Colorado State Legislature. More info →
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