|Denverites wait in line to receive their free trees on Arbor Day, 1912. 18,000 trees were given away that day. Photo from Denver Municipal Facts, v.4 n.17, 1912.|
Among the most popular trees in Denver were American elm, ash, locust, maple, and birch, according to The Shade Trees of Denver, a 1905 publication from the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station that has been digitized and made available online from our library. This publication includes tips for planting trees and discussion of the various types and how well they grow in Colorado. The best part, however, is the series of plates at the end of the book, illustrating the various tree types in Denver. Examples are shown from parks as well as from the grounds of some of Denver's large estates:
|Ash trees in City Park|
|Hackberry tree in Fairmount Cemetery|
|Sycamore tree on the grounds of the Kountze Mansion at 16th and Grant|
For other resources about growing trees in Colorado, search our library's online catalog. Also, for a look at how Arbor Day was celebrated in the public schools, see the Superintendent of Public Instruction's Arbor Day books from 1908, 1911, and 1912, available online from our library.