October 30, 2016

The razing of the Tivoli Club

Soapy's Tivoli Club
17th and Market Streets
circa 1890
Jeff Smith collection

hanks to Edward S. Valdez 
we have photographs of the Deutsch Building (held the Tivoli Club) being torn down. Edward forgets the date but we know, from the 1973 release of Scarecrow, that it was razed some time after 1973.

Circa 1973
Courtesy Denver Public Library digital collection
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Close up of the sign above the door
Film Scarecrow
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Inside the Tivoli Club
Al Pacino and Gene Hackman
Scene from the 1973 film Scarecrow
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Scarecrow, a 1973 film starring Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, and Dorothy Tristan, was filmed inside the bar. Hackman plays Max, an ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling. Max is amused by "Lion," played by Al Pacino, a homeless ex-sailor, and they partner up as they head east together.

Although a photograph from 1963 indicates that the bar was known as Denver's Oldest Bar, a sign on the photograph above indicates it was also known as the Ginn Mill.

The Razing.

Edward S Valdez was smart enough to take the following three photographs showing the demise of the Deutsch Building.

Deutsch building ready for demolition
Courtesy of Edward S Valdez
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A closer view
Courtesy of Edward S Valdez
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The End
Courtesy of Edward S Valdez
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The Tivoli Club (not in order of importance. Be sure to scroll and note additional pages).

The Tivoli Club: pages 79-81, 89, 120, 124-29, 131-32, 138-39, 171-72, 176, 182-83, 185, 188, 190, 197, 247-48, 256-57, 260-64, 272-78, 283-84, 286-87, 324, 336, 338, 352, 358, 389, 420.

“I’ve quit the store and other jobs for a much better thing,” he confided, after the affectionate welcome. “I’ve learned a racket that’s new in this part of the world, one of the slickest and surest money-makers; I have become a cheap John, a dealer in odds and ends of merchandise, and I go from town to town selling my stuff on the streets. I mount a box; take up a banjo, which I twang to the accompaniment of a few plantation songs like the Little Old Log Cabin or Old Black Joe; this never fails to draw a crowd and the rest is easy for then they are primed to buy my stock of socks, hanker chiefs, suspenders, razor belts before the rush of customers and it is a bad day if I don’t net $20 or $25. In a few towns the merchants were so sore at losing trade that they had regulations passed to drive me out.”
— Soapy Smith


1735: John Adams, the future second president of the U.S., is born in Braintree, Massachusetts. His son, John Quincy Adams, will become the sixth president.
1831: Escaped black slave Nathaniel "Nat" Turner is apprehended in Southampton County, Virginia, several weeks after leading the bloodiest slave uprising (August 21, 1831) in American history, resulting in 60 white deaths and at least 200 black deaths. Turner is convicted, sentenced to death, and hanged on November 11, 1831.
1857: Soldiers from Fort McIntosh, Texas pursue and attack a band of Comanche Indians who had been raiding Laredo, Texas.
1864: Last Chance Gulch, in Montana Territory, is renamed Helena. Helena becomes a gold rush, the second biggest placer gold deposit in Montana, producing about $19 million in gold in just four years. In 1875, the city becomes the capital of Montana Territory, and in 1894, the capital of the new state of Montana.
1866: The James-Younger Gang robs the Alexander and Company Bank in Lexington, Missouri of $2,000.
1868: Construction begins on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad in Topeka, Kansas.
1875: The Reverend O. P. Mains persuades bad man Clay Allison to beat a confession out of Cruz Vega, in a New Mexico Territory jail. Vega is suspected of assisting in the murder of Reverend F. J. Tolby. Vega implicated Manuel Cardenas as the murderer, and then vigilantes hung Vega from a pole. Vega was suffering so Allison shot the man dead. The body was taken down and dragged through the streets, and then left in the desert without a burial. On November 10th vigilantes stormed a jail and shot Cardenas to death.
1875: The constitution of Missouri is ratified by popular vote.
1882: George Ruby, a black Reconstruction politician, dies of malaria in New Orleans, Louisiana. Born and educated in the North, Ruby served with the Freedmen's Bureau, and was elected to the Texas State Senate in 1869. At the end of Reconstruction, he retired and moved to Louisiana.
1893: The U.S. Senate gives final approval to repeal the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890. This act destroyed the silver boom towns, such as Creede, Colorado, where Soapy Smith ruled as underworld boss. It is also partly at fault for the Panic of 1893.
1894: The time clock is patented by Daniel Cooper of Rochester, New York.

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