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Victoria, a House of People Who Shaped Colorado

Kira Zizzo

The Byers-Evans house/mansion (Victoria) tour is an experience like no other. It is like stepping into a time machine and going back in time to the early 1900’s. The house has ornate decor; glittering crystal chandeliers, mahogany rugs the color of a vibrant sunset, fireplaces adorned by pale candles and the feeling of the connection and family love that once engulfed the house.

 
The house was constructed in 1883 when the Byers moved in. Soon, it became occupied by their three children: William (1855-1924), Evan (1863-1923) and Anne (1871-1941). William Byers constructed Denver’s first newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News to append promotion to the state of Colorado. John Evans was the second Territorial Governor and 1889 was the date when The Evans family made up of John, Margaret, Frank, and Molly transported to this memorable house. John Evans founded DU (Denver University) along with his wife Margaret (Co Founder).
 
Around 20 rooms are in the 10,000 square foot house (including the servants’ quarters)! Katharine Evans adored crafts such as weaving and leather working! Anne Evans put her devotion and effort into something and accomplished it; saving the Central City Opera House.
This experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a taste of what it was like in the past. I recommend this as a family activity to take a break from modern technology to really spend time together while learning about history.