Illuminating LoDo

A history professor by day, Kevin Rucker moonlights as a LoDo buff and guide, offering a changing slate of LoDo Walking Tours throughout the year.

"He's a wealth of information," explains LoDo District spokeswoman Jeannie Wert. "We just had a window design contest for the holidays. He sets up his holiday tours to take you by those windows and also tell people about traditions that have been in LoDo — some that are still existing and some that are part of the past."

The holiday tours visited inspiring seasonal spots like Larimer Square, Writer Square, the 16th Street Mall, the Oxford Hotel and Union Station and enlightened people about the history of events like the Grand Illumination.

Upcoming tours will provide an introduction to LoDo’s past or regale attendees with tales of early Denver movers and shakers, con men and desperados, brothels and opium dens, ghost stories and Denver firsts — from cheeseburgers to lethal gas chambers.

An all-ages tour takes place today and again on January 13 from 5 to 7 p.m., while a 21-and-over tour runs on Saturdays through January from 3 to 6 p.m. (that one includes stops for drinks and free appetizers). All of them begin at the Market, 1445 Larimer Street. Tickets for the all-ages tour are $10; the 21-and-over tour is $20. For more information, call 303-628-5428 or go to
Jan. 6-23, 2010

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Mark Dragotta