Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library was built in 2003. This unique branch, named for Elvin Caldwell, the first African American Councilman in District 8, and Omar Blair, the first African American President of the Denver Public School Board, is the only research library of its kind west of the Mississippi. The library replaced the much smaller former Five Points Branch Library. The library is the gateway to Five Points and the Historic District along Welton Street. Five Points is unique among Denver’s neighborhoods because of the rich contributions of its diverse community, particularly African Americans (Five Points-Whittier Neighborhood History).

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Denver Fire Station #18

At this 2014 cutting-edge firehouse, firefighters can train for all types of emergencies including high-rise buildings, search and rescue and confined space rescue. Behind the station, the roof cutting training prop is configured to allow the debris to fall for easy cleanup. Station 18 is located on more than one and a half acres of land in the Lowry neighborhood and is a “drive through” building allowing for better maneuvering of trucks and equipment in and out of the station (Denver Fire Department News Release). Lowry was originally home to Lowry Air Force Base from 1938-1966, and was eventually redeveloped into a master-planned community (Art and History).

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