Early photo of young students at Garden Place school. Group portrait of Western Slovonic Lodge members.

Orthodox Slavs

Carpatho-Russians, the Orthodox Slavs, came to Globeville for the same reasons as the other Eastern European immigrants: religious freedom and economic opportunity. The Carpatho-Russian's Orthodox religion used the language of the people in Mass rather than Latin, the Cyrillic alphabet and supported a married clergy. Hearing of jobs in Colorado and of a climate similar to the Carpathian or Tatra mountains of home, many flocked to Globeville in the 1880s and worked in the smelters. Helen Kohut Capron recalled, My grandfather Peter got a job at the smelter and it must have been a difficult job because it made him sick. The children would come home from school and find him lying on the couch in pain.

Help for men and their families came from the ethnic fraternal lodges. In Globeville, the oldest of these Carpatho-Russian lodges was the Russian Orthodox Society Transfiguration of Christ, connected to the Russian Orthodox Catholic Mutual Aid Society founded in 1895 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In addition to providing insurance and moral support, the society's goals included "the spread and preservation of the Orthodox Faith in America" and members of this lodge founded Holy Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral in 1898.