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Municipal Facts
1918 cover featuring
Mt. Evans and Mountain Parks


--from the Colorado Transcript, April 17, 1913

Amendments giving Denver sole police power over the proposed mountain parks and the boulevards and roads leading to them from Denver and prohibiting the sale or giving away of liquors within the parks or along the roadways or within 1,200 feet of the outer boundaries of the parks or roadways were inserted in Senator Sharpley's bill when it was taken up and passed in the house on second reading Saturday. The bill passed both houses and the governor affixed his signature to the measure Tuesday, making it a law.

The amendments were put through only after considerable discussion and a determined fight by twenty-five members to keep the bill as it was when it went to the house from the senate. According to the protests of church members and temperance advocates of Denver and of Jefferson county, where the proposed mountain parks are to be located, a "joker" in the form of a semicolon was inserted in the bill when it passed third reading in the senate.

This semicolon, it was stated, would permit the licensing of roadhouses and saloons within the 1,200-foot zone and by the ambiguity of the bill might possibly permit the sale of liquor within the parks, provided the saloons were not within 1,200 feet of the roads extending through the parks.

Smith, of Jefferson county, presented an amendment to change the semicolon to a period, thereby separating the provisional section from the remainder of the bill, instead of having it refer directly to the 1,200-foot "dry" zone.

The amendment was opposed, and Smith declared that if it was not passed the people of Jefferson county would oppose the enforcement of the law and would take it into the courts, proving it to be unconstitutional. The amendment was lost by a tie vote, but later the bill was hanged by amending the report of the committee of the whole.

Smedley introduced an amendment specifically prohibiting the sale of liquor within 1,200 feet of parks, parkways, boulevards or roads or within the park proper, and it carried by a vote of 25 to 23. When the committee reported the bill was amended so the city of Denver was given full control over all roads leading to the park system, instead of only two roads, as originally provided.

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