The changing patterns of Globeville are inextricably bound up with the history of the community and its ethnic and religious groups. Globeville was established on ranch land purchased for that purpose by the Globe Smelter Company. Slavic workers were known to have settled in the area around 1885. As other smelter and packinghouses located nearby, local workers were attracted to Globeville. The tall smokestack represented in Denver's City Seal depicts the smelting industry era centered in Globeville.

The Globeville neighborhood was originally settled in the late 1880s around the Globe Smelting and Refining Company. Many of the early workers were Eastern European immigrants, including Austrians, Croatians, Germans, Poles, Russians, Scandinavians, Slovenians, and other Slavic peoples. In addition to the smelters, the railroad and packing plant industries offered employment opportunities. Even in its early years, Globeville was isolated from the rest of the city. The railroads and South Platte River served as physical barriers. With such limited access, the majority of people who worked within Globeville also lived in the neighborhood. The diverse immigrant populations thrived as churches and social organizations grew up around the various nationalities. Globeville’s isolation was further impacted in the mid-20th century when two interstates were constructed that bisected the neighborhood. Construction of Interstate 25 began in 1948 and was completed in 1958. Interstate 70 was subsequently completed in 1964. Interstate 70 divided the eastern residential area of Globeville, and its construction resulted in the loss of 30 homes.

Globeville’s history as a home for immigrants has continued into the present. It is one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, yet is one of the last areas in Denver to receive a specific development plan. 35.66% [2016] of individuals in this population are in poverty. Over the past few decades, an increasing Latino or Hispanic population has moved into the Globeville neighborhood. The current mix of multi-generational residents and new immigrants continues the rich diversity that the Globeville neighborhood experienced in the past. Today, portions of Globeville continue to be physically isolated from the rest of Denver by the freeways, railroad lines, and the South Platte River. However, the freeways and railroads have also continued to make Globeville an attractive location for business and industry. Several large operations and employers are located within the neighborhood and nearby, including the Denver Coliseum and Stock Show complex, the Bannock Street furniture business district, and the Pepsi bottling plant.

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