February 8, 2012

Denver memorial to Soapy Smith

Sidewalk memorial to Soapy Smith
17 and Larimer
Denver, Colorado
(photograph by Dave Elstun)



In 2009 I was made aware of a Soapy memorial plaque in Denver, Colorado by a friend. I have since found out more about it. It is 18" diameter and located on the sidewalk, near the curb on the southwest corner of 17th and Larimer Streets. The inscription on the plaque reads as follows.
In the 1880s and 1890s Denver was the nation's headquarters for "con" men, a dubious honor that it maintained into the early years of the 20th century.

The most famous con man was "Soapy" Smith who sold $5.00 bars of soap from 17th Street, claiming that some had one hundred dollar bills inside the wrappers. (Marker Number 17.)
The GPS coordinates for the plaque are 39° 45′ N, 104° 59.771′ W. I added the marker onto the Historical Marker database website where there are the following Soapy Smith related markers listed.









June 24, 2009



Jeff Smith









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