Globeville is a neighborhood in the city of Denver, in the state of Colorado. Globeville is located in what is commonly referred to as the North Denver neighborhood.
Geographically speaking, the Globeville area was first established around the Globe Smelting and Refining Company in the late 1880s. An estimated 80% of the early employees were Eastern European immigrants, including Austrians, Croatians, Germans, Poles, Russians, Scandinavians, Slovenians, and other Slavic peoples, among others.
Aside from the smelters, the railroad and packing plant industries also provided job opportunities in the surrounding area. Globeville was established as a town in 1889 after being platted in 1889 and organized as a town in 1891. Globeville was annexed by the City and County of Denver in the year 1902.
The community of Globeville was separated from the rest of the city even in its earliest years. Physical obstacles were provided by the railways and the South Platte River. A single streetcar stop, located just outside of Globeville, served the entire town, and the automobile was not yet considered a viable mode of transportation.
Being that there was such limited access, the vast majority of people who worked in Globeville also resided in the surrounding area. As churches and social organizations sprang up around the various nationalities, the diverse immigrant populations flourished and expanded.
Globeville’s isolation was exacerbated in the mid-20th century when two interstate highways were built, dividing the area in half. Interstate 25 was built from 1948 to 1958, with the first segment completed in 1948. It passes across the heart of the Globeville neighborhood, north and south, north and south.
Following that, Interstate 70 was constructed in the year 1964. Interstate 70 separated the eastern residential sector of Globeville, and the construction of the highway resulted in the demolition of 30 houses.
Globeville has a long history of serving as a refuge for immigrants, which has continued until the present. The Globeville area has seen a significant increase in the number of Latino or Hispanic residents during the last few decades.
Residents of all ages, including multi-generational families and newcomers, continue to contribute to the rich diversity that has characterized the Globeville community in the past.
Parts of Globeville remain physically separated from the rest of Denver by freeways, railroad lines, and the South Platte River, which runs through the neighborhood. The motorways and railroads, on the other hand, have continued to make Globeville an attractive site for business and industry. The Denver Coliseum and Stock Show complex, the Bannock Street furniture business sector, and the Pepsi bottling factory are all located inside or adjacent the neighborhood.
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