Lewis Price was a slave who fought in the Civil War before coming out west. Hauling goods across the plains brought Price to Colorado, where he settled in Denver. With borrowed money, he started a financially successful laundry. He then founded and published the Denver Star, the first black newspaper west of the Missouri River. The paper had a short life and Price started over again in real estate. He again became financially successful, only to lose everything in the 1893 Silver Panic.
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