University Urban Hiking Denver
After a year of walking all 78 of Denver’s neighborhoods, we finally came to the last one, University. Granted, it wasn’t quite alphabetical in the list, but it was fun to end at where Chipotle started! In only two miles, we covered most of the neighborhood, including its star attraction, University of Denver.
Old Buildings and a Chapel
The University neighborhood sits between Downing and University, I25 and Dartmouth. Where it used to be way out of town and away from the rough and tumble influence of Denver, it’s now a “college town” where most of the residents are somehow engaged with the University.
The University of Denver, still legally called Colorado Seminary, invites about 11000 students a year, both undergraduate and graduate, to study. Originally started in downtown Denver in 1864 and named after then territory governor John Evans, the school relocated to this area to soon afterward. Many of the buildings on campus date from the late 1890s. Of interest is the small, centrally located Evans Chapel. This 1870s-vintage, originally located in downtown Denver, was moved to the DU campus in the early 1960s.
Fast and Fresh
Around the corner from the campus on Evans Blvd sits the original Chipotle. Started by Steve Ellis, who had graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, he originally thought he’d open a fine dining restaurant. But burritos prevailed, McDonalds invested (then divested), and the chain grew to become one of America’s favorite fast fresh burrito makers. Be sure to stop in and marvel at its size (small!).
Toss in a Turtle or Two
After checking out Denver’s famous fast fresh franchise, continue on the block to Deiter’s, the local’s favorite chocolate store. Be sure to try the dark chocolate turtle with pecans, a creamy deliciousness you won’t want to pass.
Thus, the infamous Denver Neighborhoods project came to an end. Do drop me a line and let me know what your favorite post or walk was and let me know which neighborhood you’re walking next. What’s next for me? Stay tuned.
~See you on the trail