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Law firm founder lists Cheesman Park home for $3.5 million

Check out the full article on BusinessDen here!

Owned by the founder of Hill and Robbins law firm, Bob Hill is listing his Cheesman Park home, having lived there since 1993. The property is listed at $3.5 million by Jim Rhye from our Kentwood Cherry Creek office.

The home, built in 1930, was designed by Fisher & Fisher – a well known architectural firm in Denver known for several prominent homes and buildings.

Learn more about the property and its history by visiting BusinessDen.com!

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Cheesman Park: Neighborhood Favorites

Ranked as the 10th most walkable neighborhood in Denver, one of Cheesman Park’s best qualities has to be its proximity to Downtown, Cherry Creek and the ease of access to the park. Even if you aren’t looking to venture too far into the heart of the city for a night out, there are some great neighborhood nightlife spots, shops and restaurants that are favorites of the locals.

Denver Botanic Gardens

“The Denver Botanic Gardens are an absolute treasure, right on Cheesman Park. It’s beautiful, and there are a surprising variety of plants, given our dry climate. If you’ve been there you know there’s a separate building for tropical plants, and a wonderful children’s garden. Right now, the Deborah Butterfield horses are on display throughout the Gardens.  It’s the perfect backdrop for the large sculptures. The setting has also been a popular place for weddings and other social gatherings including the very popular summer concert series!” – Devvy Altman, Broker Associate, Kentwood City Properties

Liks Ice Cream Parlor

Whether you’re craving a sundae, milkshake, float, or waffle cone, the friendly scoopers at Liks are ready to satisfy your sweet tooth. Each batch of ice cream is created two tubs at a time, which means each time you order from Liks, you are ordering a truly hand-crafted treat. Quality local ingredients and attention to detail make Liks your one stop shop for delicious, high quality ice cream.

Tattered Cover Book Store

Tattered Cover is a large, indie bookstore and cafe with the cozy feel and comfort of smaller bookshops. It’s furnished with comfortable sofas, overstuffed chairs and a world-class newsstand. The Tattered Cover has a long history of hosting live author events, averaging over 400 authors, illustrators, and public figures each year. This is a Denver institution, a community gathering place, and an experience you can’t download.

Wyman’s Number 5

A low-key neighborhood lair featuring Chicago-style pizza, sports, trivia, and pool & arcade games. Wyman’s Number 5 is loved by natives and Chicago transplants alike for its deep dish pies, micro brews and laid back vibe. It’s a great place off the beaten path to grab a beer and catch a Chicago Cubs or Bears game. The staff is friendly, attentive and will make sure your drinks are never empty. 

Abend Gallery Fine Art

The gallery offers an extensive collection of fine art from fresh, contemporary works to traditional, representational paintings and sculptures by national and internationally recognized professional artists. They specialize in complimentary in-home or office consultation, delivery and installation of fine original art.

Potager – 

Potager is a rustic dining room where the organic New American menu changes monthly to reflect what’s market-fresh. Here the chef’s don’t follow a single style or school of cooking, but instead are seasonally driven and locally sourced. The staff are friendly professionals who are passionate about making the experience of gathering for a meal relaxed, natural and satisfying. 

Twist & Shout Records –

An old-school shop for buying and selling new or used vinyl, CDs, DVDs and more. Stocked with thousands of CDs culled from eclectic sources all over the world, they carry imports, rarities and hard-to-find items. Twist & Shout is easily the best record store in Denver. They even occasionally have live music!

Table 6 –

Table 6 is a classic American bistro, offering a warm and inviting atmosphere. Chef Mike Winston prepares simple dishes, delivered with an elegant style and grace. His nightly fare is complemented by a dynamic wine list, which represents most of the flourishing wine districts from all over the world.

Act II Consignment

Act II is in the business of providing a unique positive shopping experience for women who want to both recycle and buy cool previously owned clothing, accessories and household goods. They select their new styles from consignors and sales reps based on how interesting, diverse and eye-catching the styles are. No matter when you visit, they will always have something new and exciting! 

The Irish Snug

Colorado’s favorite Irish PubA Snug is an important institution and part of Irish culture – a place to come in out of the cold, a living room and hall for social events, and an office in which to do business. This roomy bar offers pints and pub grub plus a traditional Gaelic atmosphere, live music on many nights and trivia on Tuesdays. 

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Digging Up Cheesman Park’s Haunted History

Halloween is right around the corner and the mysterious lure of the paranormal seems to have everyone enthralled. With Denver’s long and rich history of lawless cowboys, seedy saloons and bearded mountain men, it can be expected that there are certain places around town where other world entities like to roam. Over the years, many sites around Denver have garnered national attention for being haunted. Kentwood’s featured community of the month, Cheesman Park, has one of the creepiest haunted histories we have heard of yet.

Legend has it that Denver’s Cheesman Park hides a legacy filled with horror and hauntings. Before this beautifully landscaped park was host to concerts and receptions in its grand gazebo, sunbathers laying out on a warm summer day or friends playing a pick-up game of volleyball, it was known as Mount Prospect Cemetery, Denver’s first cemetery.

In the late 19th century, a man named William Larimer set aside a 320-acre plot of land for the cemetery thinking it would be big and lovely enough to lay the deceased to rest. This area included what is now known as Cheesman Park, Denver Botanic Gardens and Congress Park.

The first two bodies buried here were victims of crime and violence. A man named John Stoefel shot and killed his brother-in-law in a dispute over a bag of gold dust. After a short trial, Stoefel was hanged from a tree by an angry mob, who then unceremoniously dumped him and his brother-in-law’s bodies in the same grave at Mount Prospect Cemetery.

As time passed the cemetery failed to gain the respect and reverence that William Larimer had originally intended for it. Many of the residents of Mount Prospect Cemetery were transients, criminals and paupers buried without headstones or death records. The cemetery was seldom used and had fallen into despair. Parts of the cemetery became grossly neglected and decayed. Graves were vandalized, cattle were free to roam and graze as they pleased, prairie dogs burrowed in and out of graves while tombstones crumbled. It had become an eyesore in one of Denver’s most prestigious neighborhoods.

On January 25, 1890, Congress authorized the city to vacate Mount Prospect and pave the way for a city park. Families were given 90 days to remove the remains of their departed loved ones. Those who could afford to do so began relocating bodies to other cemeteries throughout the city. However, more than 5,000 of the dead were left unclaimed and a shady undertaker named E.F McGovern was placed in charge of exhuming the remaining bodies.

McGovern was to transfer each body into a fresh coffin and deliver it to Riverside cemetery. Upon doing so he would receive $1.90 each. His gruesome task began in March of 1893 and started out orderly enough. Soon McGovern found a way to make an even larger profit. Rather than purchase the adult sized coffins he required, he only bought child sized coffins no bigger than 3 and 1/2 feet long. When the bodies were dug up they would be dismembered and separated into multiple coffins. Often body parts from two or three different people would wind up in the same coffin. Many body parts were left behind and strewn about.

The park was finished in 1907, many of the open graves being filled with shrubbery and trees. It’s estimated that 2,000 bodies still remain buried under Cheesman Park. Residents of the surrounding area claim to have sad and confused ghosts knock on their doors and windows. Visitors of the park can often hear disembodied voices and footsteps or see apparitions and shadows roaming the grounds. It is said that on some moonlit nights, even the outline of what once was a grave can be seen. So next time you visit Cheesman Park, be mindful not to disturb the dead, because every step you take could be over someone’s tomb.