David Forsyth

David Forsyth is a Denver native and historian working in the museum field. He is the author of Images of America: Black Hawk and Central City and Denver’s Lakeside Amusement Park, which was named the best look at a historic institution by Westword in 2017, and his articles have appeared in Colorado Heritage, International Bowling Industry, and more.

From the White City Beautiful to a Century of Fun

The Dean of Western Mining

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.”