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LoDo, Denver

Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Tourist Spots
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3.8/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
LoDo, Denver is the lower downtown area of Denver, Colorado, the oldest and original settlement of the city of Denver. It is a mixed-use historic district, known for its nightlife, and serves as an example of success in urban reinvestment and revitalization. The current population is approximately 21,145.HistoryPrior to European exploration of the area, Native Americans, particularly the Arapaho tribe, established encampments along the South Platte River near or in what is now LoDo. In 1858, after the discovery of gold in the river, General William Larimer founded Denver by putting down cottonwood logs in the center of a square mile plot that would eventually be the current LoDo neighborhood, making LoDo both the original city of Denver, as well as its oldest neighborhood. Then, like now, LoDo was a bustling and sometimes wild area known for its saloons and brothels. During the Sand Creek Massacre, it was LoDo where the heads of the slaughtered Arapaho tribe were paraded in victory.As Denver grew, city leaders realized a railroad was needed to keep Denver a strong city, especially when the transcontinental railroad bypassed Denver for Cheyenne, Wyoming. In 1870, after much cajoling from town leaders, residents passed bonds that brought a 106mi rail spur from Cheyenne. This and later train lines ended up in the Central Platte Valley, adjacent to LoDo. Union Station became the place most people traveled into the city and LoDo would be the first part of the city they would see. This section eventually became Denver's Chinatown from the 1870s to the 1880s, only to be torn down by race riots.
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  • We arrived in Denver with no agenda in mind. We decided to head for LoDo and decide on hotel and make a mini plan. We ended up staying at the Westin in LoDo and spent the entire day and night there! A...  read more »
  • I went to the Lodo district to eat and have a few drinks. There are plenty of places to choice from. Several places to eat and bars. However the homeless in this area is quite a lot. 
  • This is not a specific location. It is just an area of Denver that they call LoDo (aka Lower Downtown). It is a good area to visit though. Lots of restaurants and breweries. It is still up and coming,...  read more »
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