10 Then And Now Photos of Denver That Show Just How Much It Has Changed

Mark Afman is a local photographer that started a Facebook page titled “Then and now, images of Colorado“. He takes his time to go out and find the exact angle from which these old Colorado photos were taken. These results are nothing short of amazing! Here is our top 7 pick from Mark’s then and now photos.

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Lakeside. The original photo that you see here was submitted by Dominic. He asked me to match it up so this is the result. I am figuring the original photo is from the 1930s. This is 46th Ave looking west toward Sheridan and Lakeside. Please share your favorite memory of Lakeside Amusement Park.

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These two photos show the view from 19th south down Broadway in 1905 and 2013. you see The Brown Palace on the right and The Trinity Prebyterian Church on the left.

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Here is a couple of photos looking northwest down 14th St across the intersection with Larimer st in Denver. They were taken around 1890 and in 2013. You can see the building on the right is still there and it is the current home of Ted’s Montana Grill. the building on the left is long gone, but at the time it was the seat of power as the Denver City Hall.

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Larimer Street is one of the original streets of Denver and used to be the main business district. As Denver grew, Larimer became less and less of a vital business district and more and more of a skid row. In the 1960s, when “Urban Renewal” meant tear down the old buildings no matter now beautiful and historic, and put up new Glass and steel, many of these areas were being torn down. Fortunately, Dana Crawford, and others, came along and recognized the value of these neighborhoods and help preserve them. These two photos show Larimer Street between 14th and 15th, or what is now, Larimer Square. some of Denver’s most sought after Real Estate. The two photos are from around 1910 and 2013.

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Sherman Street. Some of the finest homes in Denver used to sit on Sherman Street just north of Colfax. These two photos are show Sherman Street looking south from 17th St toward the Capital building. the original photo was taken in 1888 by William H Jackson and mine was taken in 2014.

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Union Station, Here is another shot showing how Union Station has been renovated. It now houses the Crawford Hotel and several restaurants. These two shots are from 1916 and 2014

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If you have ever gone to Little Mans Ice Cream and were waiting in line, maybe you were looking down 16th st toward downtown and wondered to yourself “I wonder what this looked like 100+ years ago?” Well now you know. The historic photo was taken around 1880 and I took the Now photo in spring of 2012.

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Here is some kind of parade or, police escort, in the 1920s on 14th St with Colfax and Bannock in the background. The original Denver Public Library can be seen in both photos.

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72 comments
RickJanke
RickJanke

Great photos!  I miss the days before all the potheads, homeless & gangs showed up & ruined Denver!

Steven Svendsen
Steven Svendsen

Miss the mountain's. Hate Denver. But GO Denver Broncos.

The Inn at Cherry Creek
The Inn at Cherry Creek

If only the black and whites were in color with the beautiful blue sky and green trees...might not look soooo different.

Carolyn Reed
Carolyn Reed

You just want to sell Denver. Sell it to effing death, give transplants a sense of belonging.

Debbie L Fresquez
Debbie L Fresquez

Everything in the funhouse was just that Fun. Not only the barrels but I think they called them the wave, (the moving boards) and the slides oh and the turning table. What great memories. We were at a museum in San Francisco and the laughing fat lady was there. Not sure if same one but that gap in her teeth and her hat and that laugh. I remember she scared alot of kids. Oh what great times they were!!!

Peter West
Peter West

I liked the funhouse, but I never did make it through those barrels without falling on my butt.

RickJanke
RickJanke

The Fat Lady was scary, but the pancake was a blast & the monkey cage was deadly!  I miss that place.

Robert Young
Robert Young

Shows more of how much it hasn't changed.

Carolyn Reed
Carolyn Reed

That train ride is still there. Except for the terrible loss of that funhouse, Lakeside has managed, unlike Elitches, to keep its funky charm.

Airon Barker
Airon Barker

It's called progress and evolution, it happens

David Reed
David Reed

I loved that train ride. Going around the lake made it really seem like an adventure!

Dick McMahon
Dick McMahon

"Englewood Night" at Lakeside in June. Special ride discounts.

Karen Allison South
Karen Allison South

I rode the roller coaster there non stop one day at Fitsimons family day...

Gena Pendland Young
Gena Pendland Young

The plumbers had their summer picnics here and it was so fun spent the whole day

Peter West
Peter West

When I lived in West Denver as a teenager, Lakeside was the place to be. At night I could hear the car races on that 1/8 mile track, and during the day you could go to the old indoor pool. Remember riding the train around the lake?

Angela Nicole
Angela Nicole

The Union Station looks exactly the same though!

Shelly Meyer
Shelly Meyer

I prefer the old buildings to the skyscrapers on Larimer.

Jessica Seibert
Jessica Seibert

It's to be expected over a 100+ years span \U0001f606

Leta
Leta

At Alameda and Federal were two creameries; Alameda and Evalona. My sister and I always got big ice cream cones for a nickel when we were in town.

Leta
Leta

I lived west of Denver in the '30s when Federal was on the outskirts. North of Alameda was open country; on the south side before Colfax was a dirt track the kids played on with their bikes. I enjoyed Lakewoold when I was 14, the last time I ever rode a roller coaster.

Yola Carlson
Yola Carlson

Lakeside: My step father lived across the street from Lakeside and one of his (many) jobs was to hammer the nails back into the wood foundation of the roller coaster every night.