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Places (POIs) visited during this tour

Place #1
Distance: 0.04mi , Attraction : Starting Point
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1441 18th St #300, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Let's go!
Welcome to Historic America & UCPlaces’ audio walking tour of LoDo. We’re glad you could join us! I’m Aaron, your guide (but I also respond to professional history nerd). This is the part of the tour where I fit in my shameless plug for our websites – (www.historicamerica.org & www.ucplaces.com – and invite you to use #historicamericatours on social media while traveling alongside us today.

Now that you’ve arrived - let’s get you oriented. You’re standing at the intersection of Blake Street & 18th Street; just a half block away from our first attraction on tour – The Dairy Block. To get there head west along 18th Street. When you reach the middle of the block, you’ll spy the entrance to The Dairy on your right hand side. I’ll catch up with you there.

Place #2
Distance: 0.16mi , Attraction : Shopping and Restaurants
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1523 18th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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The Dairy Block
As you travel west along 18th street, the Dairy Block appears as an alleyway overhung with lights and filled with outdoor seating on your right. It’s so named because the brick building on the right side of the alleyway used to be the location of Windsor Farm Dairy, which in the late 1800s supplied roughly 5,000 Denver households with milk delivery via its fleet of horse drawn milk tucks - this accounted for over 50% of the city’s population! Windsor Dairy’s founder, H. Brown Cannon created such a successful business that his company became locally famed for its superior milk and Cannon became the first Dairy inspector in the history of Colorado.

I now invite you to inspect the area yourself by entering the alleyway. Take a look around!

This alleyway that runs behind the old Windsor Dairy building is today known as ‘The Dairy’ and it boasts an upscale hotel location, unique retail district, and fun restaurant corridor – make sure to locate the Milk Market food court which showcases over a dozen local eateries.

The Dairy is also an interactive art gallery showcasing Denver’s creativity through an ongoing series of live entertainment events, seasonal makers markets, and eye-catching murals alongside interactive art installations.

One last factoid for you – this site was once owned by movie star and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who wanted to develop the area by constructing a first-run movie theater and Planet Hollywood theme restaurant. Unfortunately for Planet Hollywood, they went bankrupt and Arnold abandoned the idea. Oh well, no use crying over spilt milk.

Speaking of which, at the end of the alleyway, look for a splashy art piece entitled ‘spilt milk’ which references the history of the neighborhood.

Take time to explore and I’ll meet you on the other side of the alleyway.

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Tour itinerary stops | Additional places you'll see on this self-guided tour

Map Pin Place 1 Let's go!
Map Pin Place 2 The Dairy Block
Map Pin Place 3 Directions
Map Pin Place 4 National Ballpark Museum
Map Pin Place 5 Coors Field
Map Pin Place 6 Tattered Cover McGregor
Map Pin Place 7 Quiz
Map Pin Place 8 Wynkoop Brewing Company
Map Pin Place 9 Denver Union Station
Map Pin Place 10 The Oxford Hotel
Map Pin Place 11 Directions
Map Pin Place 12 Rockmount Ranch Wear
Map Pin Place 13 The Sugar Building
Map Pin Place 14 Celebrity Guess Who
Map Pin Place 15 Larimer Squre
Map Pin Place 16 16th Street Mall
Map Pin Place 17 Daniels & Fisher Tower
Map Pin Place 18 Equitable Building
Map Pin Place 19 Paramount Theater

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