A River Runs through It…Globeville
In Denver, Globeville is known for many things, most of which neighborhoods might not brag about. But on our walk through this crossroad-ed neighborhood, we found nothing but fun, unique, interesting ways to view Globeville as an urban hiking adventure. Take a look.
Let’s Start with the Platte River Trail
We started our walk in Heron Pond Park abutting Northside Park, which was Denver’s original wastewater processing plant. Heron Park’s artwork made from the old Stapleton airport’s runways and paying tribute to Amelia Earhart opened up our curiosity about a neighborhood most of us had never been. The inquisitiveness carried us through the old pipes and tanks of the water processing site, down to the Platte River, passing sheep pens and old cattle bridges.
And then Pass into the Neighborhood
Positioned in Globeville’s center is what Denver once called the mousetrap–otherwise known as the intersection of I70 and I25. Also running through the neighborhood is train track after train track crossing or paralleling the Platte River. The major garbage processors are here, as is a history of animal butchery and processing. Yet despite all of this industry and transportation, a wonderful neighborhood of mostly shot-gun houses and family-owned businesses continues to live and demand the community remain whole.
Soon, we found ourselves in the residential area of Globeville, walking the same sidewalks children walk to get from their homes, under I70, and to their schools. Murals welcomed us to the neighborhood, as did many residents. Their homes had survived the test of time, many originally owned by the immigrants who came to the neighborhood at the turn of the century to work in the old Globe Smelter Company (Anarsco). They have also survived Superfund sites and brownfields.
Listen to Globeville
Globeville has received many “most” designations over time. There are plenty of pages of ink written about these mosts. But the “most” that I want to give Globeville is “Most Interesting.” After urban hiking 1/3 of Denver’s neighborhoods so far, I feel comfortable we’ve found Denver’s Most Interesting Neighborhood.