Baker Urban Hiking Denver

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Dinosaurs and Welcome Signs

Quirky. Diversified. Historic. Those may not be the three ways that you’d describe Baker, but after our weekly neighborhood walk, it’s how I would describe it. Founded on the banks of the Platte by by William and Elizabeth Byers in 1859, just north of where James Beckwourth, a former slave, settled the same year, Baker squares out with Sixth Avenue, Lincoln Street, Mississippi Avenue, and the South Platte River. Baker urban hiking takes you on a 2.5 mile meander.

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With the 1965 flood and the following building of the Higher Ed complex in Auraria, many of the Hispanics either moved or joined the community already along Santa Fe. Blending with the historic homes throughout Baker, a walk through this area brings about quirky dinosaur gardens, dried red pepper bouquets, and painted lady homes. Around every corner is a surprise. The common denominator throughout the neighborhood is a sense of welcomeness, with many bilingual “Welcome” signs throughout.

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Variety Is the Name of the Game

Abutting the east side of Baker is Broadway. Whether hunting for a good fish and chips or an unique, hand-crafted top, you can get both on the way to the Mayan Theater or Punch Bowl Social. Don’t want to drive? Jump on any of the buses on Broadway, hop onto the light rail at Alameda, or walk along well-established and maintained sidewalks.

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This 2.5 mile amble through Baker will serve up a variety of interesting and quirky views.

The route:

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Park at Dailey Park, which is at the intersections of Cherokee St and W Ellsworth Ave. The closest address is the Christ Triumphant Lutheran Church, (290 W Ellsworth Ave; Denver, Colorado 80223.) Walk west on W Ellsworth to the next street, Elati Street. Make your way northwesterly, stair-stepping your way on each block until arriving at Santa Fe and W 3rd Ave. Notice how the housing changes by decades and styles, moving in and out of historic homes and 1960 duplexes.

At the corner of Santa Fe and W 3rd, head north. Notice the wonderful “Bienvenidos” sign on the NE corner at the hotdog stand. Continue north to W 4th, and go right or east. Enjoy the beautiful street art, which can change on moment’s notice, along the way on both sides of the street.

Take a right on Delaware. When you get to W 2nd St, make sure to notice the “tiny house” on the NW corner. Cross 2nd, and turn left, or east so you are walking on the south side of 2nd toward Broadway.  You’ll pass the Episcopal Church of St Peter and St Mary, built in 1891 and designed by Charles Lee who also designed the original Elitch Gardens Theatre in the Highlands. Shortly afterward, you’ll pass Denver Fire Station No 11, built in 1936.

At Broadway, go right, or south. Admire the Mayan Theater, built in 1930 and saved from demolition in 1984, on your left. Eye a restaurant or two that you’ll want to stop in later, and pick up a cute shirt or pair of shoes. At W Ellsworth, take a right. Then at S Bannock St, take a left. You’ll be heading south toward Alameda.

Notice, again, the variety of homes and architecture along Bannock. You may even see a dinosaur or two along the sidewalk in a fantasy garden. Continue to W Byers Place. Cross Bannock to your west, and notice the old Byers school on the NW corner of Byers and Bannock. Named after co-founder of the Rocky Mountain News, this building still draws local interest.

At S Cherokee Street, turn right or north. Continue along this light industrial and mixed-use area, noticing the row of duplexes and their simple architecture on the left. You’ll arrive back at Dailey park, named after the other co-founder of the Rocky.–>
Click here to see the route, map, and turn by turn directions.

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