One of Denver’s historical Chinatown markers is missing


DENVER (KDVR) — Colorado Asian Pacific United is asking the public for help after a historical marker honoring Denver’s Chinatown was “torn from its base.”

CAPU said the marker was one of three historical markers they installed to honor Denver’s Chinatown, as there is little evidence that the site ever existed.

In December, CAPU said it discovered that the marker was missing and was torn from its base.

“While the circumstances surrounding the marker’s disappearance remain unclear, we are committed to reinstalling it and preserving the legacy it represents. We will not allow Denver’s historic Chinatown to be erased again,” CAPU said in a post on Facebook.

“This particular marker told the history about the Chinatown, how it came to be,” CAPU executive director Joie Ha said in a video.

According to CAPU, Chinatown in Denver was thriving in the late 1800s where the marker stood.

The Denver Police Department said the marker was reported missing from 1555 Blake St. on Dec. 11, 2023. The case is still being investigated and no arrests have been made.

Additionally, DPD is asking anyone with information to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

CAPU is working to reinstall a marker there and has started a fundraiser asking the community for help with donations and spreading the word.


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