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Five Points Neighborhood

Throughout Denver's illustrious history, Five Points and the Whittier neighborhood, located northeast of downtown, have been a sanctuary for the African American community. From the opening of Benny Hooper’s hotel and recreation center for black servicemen in the 1920s, Five Points has been synonymous with jazz. The historic area is now undergoing an urban renaissance with numerous new businesses opening and lively street festivals punctuating the summer air.

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The Five Points and Whittier neighborhoods of Denver are located North of Downtown. The Five Points neighborhood when seen on a map does in fact...
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Otha P. Rice, Sr. (1916-1993) was a native of Texas, and moved with his family to Chicago during childhood. He moved to Denver as a young man,
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The Niederhut Carriage Company was a family run business in the Five Points Neighborhood of Denver for almost one hundred years. It is debatable when...

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Five Points Resources

We've compiled a list of resources about Five Points. Feel free to let us know about anything we missed in the comments!

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Interior Rice's Tap Room and Oven.

Interior Rice's Tap Room and Oven.
Collection: Five Points-Whittier Neighborhood
Title: Interior Rice's Tap Room and Oven.
Creator: Source unknown
Date: undated
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Edbrooke Commercial/Shorthorn/Goodwill Industries Building, view of front

Edbrooke Commercial/Shorthorn/Goodwill Industries Building, view of front
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Title: Edbrooke Commercial/Shorthorn/Goodwill Industries Building, view of front
Creator: Source unknown
Date: undated
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Dr. Clarence Holmes with two Unidentified Men, all dressed in western clothing.

Dr. Clarence Holmes with two Unidentified Men, all dressed in western clothing.
Collection:
Title: Dr. Clarence Holmes with two Unidentified Men, all dressed in western clothing.
Creator: Source unknown
Date: undated
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Dr. Clarence Holmes and Ms. Phylis Wheatley at the YWCA in Five Points Colo.

Dr. Clarence Holmes and Ms. Phylis Wheatley at the YWCA in Five Points Colo.
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Title: Dr. Clarence Holmes and Ms. Phylis Wheatley at the YWCA in Five Points Colo.
Creator: Source unknown
Date: circa 1925
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Interior Rice's Tap Room and Oven.

Interior Rice's Tap Room and Oven.
Collection: Five Points-Whittier Neighborhood
Title: Interior Rice's Tap Room and Oven.
Creator: Source unknown
Date: undated
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Edbrooke Commercial/Shorthorn/Goodwill Industries Building, view of front

Edbrooke Commercial/Shorthorn/Goodwill Industries Building, view of front
Collection:
Title: Edbrooke Commercial/Shorthorn/Goodwill Industries Building, view of front
Creator: Source unknown
Date: undated
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Dr. Clarence Holmes with two Unidentified Men, all dressed in western clothing.

Dr. Clarence Holmes with two Unidentified Men, all dressed in western clothing.
Collection:
Title: Dr. Clarence Holmes with two Unidentified Men, all dressed in western clothing.
Creator: Source unknown
Date: undated
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Dr. Clarence Holmes and Ms. Phylis Wheatley at the YWCA in Five Points Colo.

Dr. Clarence Holmes and Ms. Phylis Wheatley at the YWCA in Five Points Colo.
Collection:
Title: Dr. Clarence Holmes and Ms. Phylis Wheatley at the YWCA in Five Points Colo.
Creator: Source unknown
Date: circa 1925
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Dr. Clarence Holmes and Fairfax Holmes in Front Yard

Dr. Clarence Holmes and Fairfax Holmes in Front Yard
Collection:
Title: Dr. Clarence Holmes and Fairfax Holmes in Front Yard
Creator: Source unknown
Date: circa 1925
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Five Points Resources

We've compiled a list of resources about Five Points. Feel free to let us know about anything we missed in the comments!

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Five Points Geography

The Five Points and Whittier neighborhoods of Denver are located North of Downtown. The Five Points neighborhood when seen on a map does in fact appear to have five distinct points.  Read more »

Rice's Tap Room & Oven

Otha P. Rice, Sr. (1916-1993) was a native of Texas, and moved with his family to Chicago during childhood. He moved to Denver as a young man,  Read more »

Rhythm Records & Sporting Goods

Leroy Smith started the Rhythm Records Shop in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver, Colorado in 1939. Leroy was who was born in Poteau, Oklahoma July 11, 1911 and died in 1989 at the age of 77. A well-known figure in the Five Points neighborhood and the city of Denver, Leroy always strived to make his mark on society and was successful in that endeavor. After working as a young man in the cotton fields and then as a railroad Pullman porter, Leroy settled in Denver where he started The Rhythm Records Shop.

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Niederhut Carriage Company

The Niederhut Carriage Company was a family run business in the Five Points Neighborhood of Denver for almost one hundred years. It is debatable when the company was originally founded. Some accounts mention 1883 and others mentions 1895. Which ever be the case, brothers Henry E. and William G. Niederhut founded the company. Both brothers were born and educated in Germany and migrated to the United States not long after finishing their education there.

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