Montclair Urban Hiking Denver
Drop in a mansion or two. Montclair, sitting silently below Colfax between Holly and Quebec and north of 6th, hides off by itself. But it has a lot to say.
The Red Baron
Let’s start with its start. Named after its founder’s home town of Montclair, NJ, its other more famous resident, Baron von Richtofen, put it on the map. This baron, not the other less famous scoundrel who founded Park Hill, was the original Red Baron. He came into Denver on his flying aces and sadly died before his vision of Montclair becoming a world-class health spa destination could flourish. Appendicitis got him.
Double the Size
Before he died, he convinced 88 others to build homes in Montclair that doubled the size of typical Denver homes. With 3-story mansions of brick and stone gracing what is now Montclair’s historic district, he topped them all with his mansion. 15,000 square feet of opulence sits at Montclair’s high point. Surviving renovation after renovation, the current owners, the Jepersons, host Halloween parties that highlight the beautiful architecture of Montclair’s famous mansion.
The rest of the neighborhood has its treats, too. From other majestic homes to WWII housing built for single soldiers starting out fresh, you can find various parks strewn throughout the ‘hood. When Denver tried to annex Montclair, it resisted. So strongly did it resist that the Supreme Court had to rule, eventually, in Denver’s favor. Rumor has it that Mayor Speer felt badly about the City’s strong-arm tactics and threw the newly-annexed town some favor by creating a couple of extra parks just for them.
With Colfax to its north, you can always find something fun in Montclair. When walking through this neighborhood, be sure to throw in a couple of blocks on Colfax. From its northern border to its tony southern edge, enjoy a nice 3.5-mile walk through Montclair.
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