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Nettie C. Moore Papers

Identifier: WH2448

Content Description

Digital reproductions of two scrapbooks containing letters, photographs, school programs/events, awards/certificates concerning Nettie Moore's life in the West Colfax Neighborhood.


  • 1924-2009

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The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Ms. Nettie Moore is a legend in the West Colfax neighborhood. She has been a resident and activist in the community for more than 80 years. According to all accounts, she has pioneered progress in the neighborhood and improved the quality of life for everyone. Her story is an important part of the story of the West Colfax neighborhood.

She was born Nettie Catherine St. Clair Pacetti on December 22, 1924. Her family moved to Colorado while she was still an infant and eventually settled into a home on Utica Street just west of downtown Denver. At that time the area was mostly rural, with plenty of room for horses, chickens and vegetable gardens. They did not have electricity or indoor toilets. Nettie completed her schooling at nearby Colfax Elementary School, then Lake Jr. High School and later graduated from West High School. In 1945, Nettie married her high school sweetheart, Dick Moore. Together they watched the West Colfax neighborhood grow and expand as more and more homes were built, businesses were established and generations of families moved in and out.

As part of her commitment to the community, Nettie served as the lunchroom manager in the Denver Public schools for nearly 30 years. In addition, over the years she has fought passionately for neighborhood improvements including sidewalks, curbs, paved streets, lights and transportation. As an acknowledgement of her tireless efforts to create a safe and viable West Colfax, both a park and apartment building are named after Nettie, ensuring that her name and hopefully, her legacy, live beyond her lifetime. The West Colfax neighborhood is truly a better place because of Nettie Moore.


45 Photographic Prints (All images are jpegs)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Nettie C. Moore, 2009.


Digitized as part of the IMLS Creating Your Community Grant. Originals scrapbooks were not retained by the library. Digital images are located in the Denver Public Library Digital Collection

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States