David Forsyth

David Forsyth is an award-winning historian and Denver native who has worked in the museum field for several years. He is the author of Images of America: Black Hawk and Central City, and his articles on diverse subjects such as bars, murders, and bowling alleys have appeared in Colorado Heritage, International Bowling Industry, and other publications.

From the White City Beautiful to a Century of Fun

Denver’s Manhattan Beach opened on the northeast shore of Sloan’s Lake in June 1891, becoming Elitch Gardens' first competitor. Among its many entertaining attractions was the animal house, which the May 13, 1891, Denver Times called “one of the most interesting features of the new park.”