Historic Denver Supports 2C

 In November, Ballot Measure 2C, regarding the National Western Stock Show, will be sent to voters across Denver for their consideration. The National Western Stock Show is deeply tied to the history and identity of Denver, and its roots in the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods go back more than a century, telling the story of both Denver’s agrarian and industrial past. Today the site holds promise for these industries and more in the future. The Stock Show site is home to historic buildings and site features, and its unique location between river, rail and highway is significant in its own right as a cultural landscape.

In September, the Historic Denver Board of Trustees agreed to support the proposed Ballot Measure 2C, which will help fund the first two phases of development for the National Western Center. Historic Denver commends the Stock Show, the City of Denver and the many neighborhood residents who have worked hard to develop a vision for the National Western Stock Show and the historic Stock Show site.

Historic Denver offers our support for the ballot initiative with the expectation that cultural heritage, including the appropriate treatment of the historically significant structures that represent that heritage, will remain an integral part of the plan. An authentic sense of place is critical to conveying the cultural significance of the site and its attractiveness as a place to visit and recreate.