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Jewish Denver: 1859-1940
Author(s): Jeanne E. Abrams Ph.D.
Number of Pages: 128
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
On Sale Date: 11/26/2007
In 1859, during the Pike’s Peak gold rush, at least 12 Jews joined the great migration to Colorado in search of gold and a brighter future. The unpredictability of mining and a growing demand for supplies encouraged many of these Jewish settlers to establish small businesses in Denver and in towns and mining camps across the state. By the early 1870s, Jewish benevolent societies and a congregation were established. Denver’s dry, mild climate attracted patients with tuberculosis, and two Jewish sanatoriums were opened in the city around the beginning of the 20th century. Many of the predominantly Eastern European Jews who came in search of better health made Denver their home, thus augmenting the early Jewish population significantly. Today Jewish life flourishes in Colorado, and Jewish citizens continue to play a vital role in its culture and development.
Author Bio: Jeanne E. Abrams, Ph.D., is a professor at Penrose Library and the longtime director of the Beck Archives and the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society. She is also the author of Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail: A History in the American West. Part of the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies and Penrose Library Special Collections, the Beck Archives provided the majority of the images in this collection.
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