Highland Neighborhood

The Highland Neighborhood

The townsite of Highland was originally laid out in 1858 by William Larimer Jr. After the 1864 flood wiped out parts of Denver, new people moved up the hill to the west. The Highland Neighborhood became an elite suburb of Denver in 1875 and expanded its boundaries until 1890 to include 35 subdivisions in addition to the original Highland Park. Denver annexed the city in 1896 and construction of viaducts across the river added newfound transportation to the city. Elitch Gardens, opened a zoological garden with free vaudeville acts and a theatre and picnic facilities were added, remaining a main attraction in the neighborhood until 1995 when it relocated to the Platte Valley.

The redevelopment of the Central Platte Valley in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s increased the neighborhoods value. The Denver Millennium Bridge and the Platte River Bridge, along with the Highland Bridge in 2006 made the Highland Neighborhood increasingly easier to access.

Highland Neighborhood Boundaries

The Highland Neighborhood is bound by West 38th Avenue to the North, The Union Pacific Railroad line to the East, the South Platte River to the Southeast, Speer Boulevard to the South and Federal Boulevard to the West.

Highland Neighborhood Amenities

The Highland Neighborhood is flush with Victorian-era homes, lush gardens, parks and hip shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants. The Districts of Highlands Square, Tennyson Street and Lower Highland (LoHi) all have distinctive charm and flair.

There is a surplus of eccentric and eclectic dining including Avanti Food and Beverage, and the famous Linger restaurant. Throughout the Highland neighborhood you will easily find rooftop seating, craft beer and cocktails and unique cuisines.

Sloans Lake Park provides gorgeous mountain views, stand up paddle-board and a popular walking path along the shore.

Tennyson Street Cultural District offers first Friday events where galleries and artist sell their work in a fun, engaging environment. Navajo Street Art District adds their own art and jewelry collections to the mix, ensuring a enjoyable experience.

The Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival also occurs here, a weekend in July offering food, art, shipping and of Dragon Boat racing across Sloan’s Lake.

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Updated: 22nd September, 2020 11:58 AM (UTC).