Taste of Colorado's fancier predecesser

Next with Kyle Clark. 9/1/2016

The Taste of Colorado is an end-of-summer tradition in Colorado.

People stand in the sun, nod along to music and gnaw on turkey legs.

Taste is just the latest in a long line of downtown festivals. The original was a spectacular celebration in a difficult time for America.

The goal of Festival of Mountain and Plain was to revive Colorado's economy in the wake of a silver crash. A decline in silver prices began when the federal government adopted the gold standard for currency.

Miners and their families who lived in Denver were distressed. 

Then in 1895, Denver leaders decided to throw a party. Festival of Mountain and Plain included four parades and a masquerade ball. People gathered and Colfax and Broadway to celebrate.

The festival continued until 1902 and despite attempts to revive it, the idea didn't return again to Denver until 1983. It's been the Taste of Colorado ever since. 

Photojournalist Chris Hansen takes us back in time to see Denver then and now.

Thanks to Western History Genealogy Department at Denver Library for the details.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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