Now who was supposed to keep this park clean?
While gathering in a Denver park, picnickers pause to pose for Charles S. Lillybridge.
Photographer Charles S. Lillybridge lived along the Platte River near the Archer Canal, by the Alameda Avenue bridge, in Denver, Colorado. In the early 20th century, he took thousands of pictures of his working-class neighborhood. Today, the Archer Canal has been replaced by Interstate 25. Supermarkets have replaced small shops. Something about the people, however, remains the same. It is still a working class neighborhood, and the same trees grow along the banks of the Platte.
All photos via the Western History and Geneoloy section of the Denver Public Library.