Photo of Emmanuels neighborhood store. Photo of Reds restaurant.


Spanish-speaking people who moved to Globeville were not new to Colorado or to America. People like Lalo C. de Baca came to Colorado from a farm in Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1936, but can trace his family's ancestry to Spanish explorer Alvar Cabeza de Vaca, who traveled through northern New Mexico in the early part of the 16th century. Bea Trevino moved to Globeville from a farm near Firestone but her family's roots go back farther. "My ancestors from my mother's side all came from Spain. My dad's mother was an Indian."

Spanish-speaking people came to Globeville for the same reasons as the ethnic groups that preceded them: affordable housing, more opportunity for their children than farm life could offer and jobs that were nearby. Today the neighborhood is 82 percent Hispanic and continues a tradition of welcoming newcomers and of neighbor helping neighbor.