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Cheesman Park

Cheesman Park, Denver, CO
Cheesman Park is an urban park and neighborhood located in the City and County of Denver, Colorado, United States. See more


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Nov 27, 2022
I stayed near here when I visited Denver and walked in the park a couple of times. Beautiful park in the middle of the city. Full review by Margaret B
Oct 6, 2022
Our eTuk driver took us to Cheesman Park because he lived near there. He told us about its history and took us to the columns so we could enjoy the view of the mountains. Full review by Justine T
Jul 29, 2022
We walked here from the City Center and were very happy we did. I think you must have a dog to be here because everyone did. It was a fairly open park but it is right next to the botanical gardens. … Full review by 440shellyc


A Downtown Park Built on Top of Unclaimed Graves
Designed by architects Willis A. Marean and Albert Julius Norton in 1910, the 80 beautifully landscaped acres that make up Cheesman Park in central Denver has long been considered one of the most haunted sites in America. Haunted or not, the park’s ghoulish past makes it a prime location for those interested in finding a good ghost story.In 1858, 320 acres in the new and expanding city of Denver were set aside to be used as a cemetery. Named “Mount Prospect,” the cemetery was designed to hold the bodies of the rich and wealthy on one side, those of beggers and criminals on the other side, and be filled in between with the bodies of everyone else. When the lower side of the cemetery filled more quickly—with victims of brutal crimes and accidents—residents in the area dropped the “Mount Prospect” name and started referring to the cemetery as “Old Boneyard.”With time, the cemetery fell into serious disrepair. Cattle grazed among fallen tombstones, maintained by neither the owner of the site nor the families of those who were buried there.When the city took control of the cemetery in the 1890s, it ordered all bodies removed so that the area could be cleaned up and repurposed. The lowest bidder was awarded a contract to remove the more than 5,000 dead bodies that had gone forgotten and unclaimed. Because the contract only required that 3.5-foot-long boxes be used to transport the bodies, reporters and curiosity-seekers came to watch as workers chopped up the dead who had not decayed sufficiently and shoveled them into the new crates.It was around this time that residents of the area began to report seeing spectral manifestations in their homes and out in the cemetery. Confused spirits, they said, were knocking on their doors and windows. Low moaning sounds were reported to be coming from the field of open graves.With front-page stories of the atrocities occurring at the park running in several local newspapers—”The Work of Ghouls!” ran across the top of the Denver Republican on March 19, 1893—City Hall stopped the removal of bodies pending an investigation. Over time, the holes were filled, and the rest of the bodies were forgotten. To this day, it is estimated that there are as many as 2,000-3,000 bodies still buried under the park.
A Great Place for a Walk or Jog
The 1.5-mile loop, paved sidewalks, and easy accessibility of Cheesman Park make this a great place for a walk or jog. Centrally located Cheesman Park is another one of the great urban running locations in Denver. It’s easy to get to from anywhere in the city and boasts beautiful grounds and great views of the city and surrounding mountains. It also has quite a lot of interesting history. Dirt footpaths and paved sidewalks circumnavigate the park for a perfect 1.5 mile loop. You can do this over and over, enjoying the gentle hills and shading trees. Watch families, frisbee players, dogs, and sun bathers all enjoying this urban respite. Keep in mind that Cheesman is probably nicer for jogging than it is for cycling. If you're looking for a supplemental workout with this jog, there are places to do dips and pull ups. There are also benches and nice, grassy plots where you can stop and take a rest. If you are visiting Denver for business, this is your ideal get-away any time of the day, week or year. After you've spent the afternoon in the park, head east a few blocks to the Denver Botanical Gardens, a perfect spot for a romantic date night. Parking at Cheesman is slightly challenging because it’s located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood off downtown Denver, but it really shouldn’t be too much of a problem as most locals run or walk their dogs to get here. Just shoot up 14th from downtown on the one-way, take a right on Franklin, and you’re right there.

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