History Committee

History Committee

The History Committee is committed to the following goals:

  • Documenting neighborhood history
  • Preserving historic structures
  • Supporting historic designation of homes and areas

Committee meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of every month; check the WWPNA event calendar for details, or simply contact the committee chair, Dave Burrell, at 303-818-3263 to become involved.

History Committee meeting

Jul 17 2007 - 7:00pm
Jul 17 2007 - 9:00pm

Meeting is ordinarily held at 242 South Lincoln Street. Please contact Dave at 303-818-3263 or history@wwpna.org to confirm dates, times, and agenda items.


May History meeting (special pair of oral histories)

May 15 2007 - 7:00pm
May 15 2007 - 9:00pm

Our May 2007 WWPNA History Committee discussion is going to be extra special. We'll be graced with the presence of not one but two honored citizens, Ed and Dave Garland. Born in West Wash Park in 1923 and 1922, respectively, these brothers have a lot of stories to tell and a few photos to show as well.

Their father, Dave Garland, owned a grocery store at 295 South Pearl. Garland Grocery was the place people could count on during the Depression, when they needed a little extra credit to get them by. The grocery went bankrupt in 1937 because of it, but Garland didn't stop giving. He developed many of the youth sports programs in Denver, earning him the nickname "The Saint of Denver Sports." In 1952, the Denver Bears gave him a lifetime pass to their games, and in 1956, he was named the University of Denver's "Man of the Year." Garland Park is named in his honor.

The Garland boys played football and baseball at the old Byers sandlot, and both became pitchers of some renown at South High. Dave Jr played for a while with the St Louis Browns, but he left professional baseball to become a doctor. His younger brother Ed continues to live in the neighborhood, and works in the insurance industry, continuing the work his father began upon closure of the grocery.

Come join us for this dual history on Tuesday, May 15th at 242 South Lincoln Street at 7:00. We'll also have about 15 minutes of updates on the oral histories, new historic homes, Country Club Gardens, and other historic happenings.

History meeting / Oral history with longtime resident

Feb 20 2007 - 7:00pm
Feb 20 2007 - 9:00pm

Come and hear the stories of the neighborhood with 91-year old Goldia, who has lived in the neighborhood for 77 years. She still walks the 17 steps up to her door and even did a little snowshoveling during the recent spate of storms. She remembers much of the neighborhood's history and changes, and is willing to tell it to us (and a digital voice recorder) to kick off our meeting.

We'll end the meeting with a few updates on history in the area, including Country Club Gardens, Gates redevelopment, and 39 WWPNA homes that have already received preliminary approval to create a historic district!

Meeting starts at 7 pm and will be held at 242 South Lincoln Street. Contact Dave Burrell at history@wwpna.org for RSVP or more information.