"If those people would just go back where they came from, we wouldn't have any problems here."
That melancholy observation was made on a sunny September afternoon in 1946 by the late Mayor Ben F. Stapleton. He voiced it in answer to the question:
"How will Denver solve the tremendous problems created by all these newcomers?"
...Hundreds of thousands of servicemen had been stationed in or near Denver during World War II. The city's natural charm and the warm hospitality of its citizens made Denver the No. 1 'soldiers' town' in the country. To many GI's, who had sampled the city's friendliness during their brief hitches in Denver, returning to the Mile High City became an obsession.