Historic Denver hosts scavenger hunt to explore the city

The event is part of the nonprofit's 50th anniversary

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As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Historic Denver, Inc. is offering a new program to further explore the city.

Called the Capitol Crossroads Hunt!: A City-Wide Scavenger Hunt, the event challenges participants to follow a series of clues to learn more about Denver’s key downtown historic places.

Capitol Crossroads takes place June 17-20.

“The story of Denver is an interesting one,” said Alison Salutz, director of community programming for Historic Denver. “Capitol Crossroads is an innovative way to get people out exploring the city.”

Each clue in the scavenger hunt leads to another location for a total of 10 destinations. The hunt is done digitally, with participants checking in on their mobile device to receive the next clue.

Though the name of the scavenger hunt says city-wide, the hunt itself takes place in central Denver — all locations can be accessed by foot or bike from each other. The first clue will provide suggested parking instructions within the general area of the first destination.

It is recommended to assemble a team of four-to-six people for the scavenger hunt, but it can be done as a pair or individually.

The estimated time it will take to complete the scavenger hunt ranges between about two-and-a-half to four hours, but participants can also do it throughout the four days if they prefer, Salutz said.

However, the first 50 people to complete the scavenger hunt will receive a finisher medal. Prizes will also be awarded to the teams with the fastest completion time, best team spirit photo and outstanding history buffs.

People do not need to be an expert on Denver or its history to have fun on the scavenger hunt, Salutz said. Most people, no matter their expertise on Denver, will likely learn something new, or at least experience a Denver location a little differently.

“All the clues highlight a places and buildings with an interesting past,” Salutz said. “The goal is to engage the people who know a lot about Denver, as well as those who want to learn more.”

The clues will be able to be solved in a variety of ways — some may need to be Googled, others can be solved by simply observing your surroundings, and still others may require an educated guess, Salutz said.

Complementary to Capitol Crossroads is a new podcast called "The Bright Lights of Denver," which is presented by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Off-Center in partnership with Historic Denver. The podcast is a work of fiction, but its characters will interact with some of the sites highlighted in the Capitol Crossroads scavenger hunt.

MORE: Read about "The Bright Lights of Denver" 

Historic Denver got its start 50 years ago with an effort to save the Molly Brown House from demolition. The Molly Brown House was built in 1889 and is known for being the home of Titanic survivor Margaret “Molly” Brown. The effort was a success, and the Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St. in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, opened in March 1971. That fall, Historic Denver, which is a nonprofit, formally organized to continue serving the city as an urban historic preservation organization.

“Historic Denver’s success over 50 years, fueled in large part by the Molly Brown House Museum, has uplifted the stories of our city and made this a community with a distinctive identity,” Salutz said. “In this spirit, we will continue to engage with our communities as they tell us which places, from their experiences and neighborhoods, should be stewarded for future generations.”

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