June 24, 2009

Denver plaque "honor" Soapy Smith

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Soapy Smith plaque



Friends of Bad Man Soapy Smith member and very good friend, "German Pete" and his wife, "Minnesota Maureen" returned recently from a trip through New Mexico and Colorado. They stopped in Denver for a few days and email me to suggest a few Soapy related spots in the city. While taking some photographs of the area around Seventeenth and Larimer, a well known corner in the history of Soapy and crime, Pete came across this plaque. At this time I am not sure if the plaque is encased in a wall or right on the sidewalk.

It reads...

"LET THE BUYER BEWARE"

In the 1880s and 1890s Denver was the nation's headquarters for "con" men, a dubious honor that it maintained into the early years of the 20th century.

The most famous con man was "Soapy" Smith who sold $5.00 bars of soap from 17th Street, claiming that some had one hundred dollar bills inside the wrappers.

More to come...

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