Tom Noel

Photo of Dr. Tom Noel
Professor of History


Mailing address:
CU Denver History Department
Campus Box 182
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
1201 Larimer Street
Room 3102
Denver, CO 80204

Expertise Areas:
Denver, Colorado, Art, Architecture, Cemeteries, Churches, Ethnic groups, Parks, Planning & Saloons

M.A. & Ph.D., History, University of Colorado Boulder
M.A., Library Science, University of Denver
B.A., History, University of Denver
French Language Certificate, Université Laval, Quebec

  • Appointed for State Historian for Colorado in August 2018
  • Author/co-author of 53 books
  • Co-editor of The Colorado Book Review
  • Received Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Authors' League
  • Received Lifetime Acheivement Award from the Colorado Center for the Book
  • Friends of the Denver Public Library, Acquisitions Committee
  • Tour Guide/Study Leader for Smithsonian Institution, Institute of Classical Architecture, HIstory Colorado
  • Former long-time Sunday history columnist for The Denver Post
  • Commentator as "Dr. Colorado" on Channel 9 (NBC) Colorado & Company
  • Former Board Member, History Colorado
  • Former Chair, Denver Landmark Preservation Commission
  • Former Member, National Register Review Board for Colorado

For all 53 of Professor Noel's books please see his website:

Building of Colorado (Oxford Univ. Press)

Colorado Historical Atlas  (Univ. of Oklahoma Press)

Colorado: A History (Univ. Press of Colorado)

Irish Colorado (Arcadia Publishing)

Denver:  Mining Camp to Metropolis (Univ. Press of Colorado)

The Park Hill Neighborhood (Historic Denver)

Colorado Historic Places (Westcliffe Publishers)

Showtime: Denver's Performing Arts & Convention Centers (City of Denver)

Thomas Hornsby Ferril & The American West (Fulcrum)

Colorado Givers: A History of Philanthropic Heroes (Univ. Press of Colorado)

The Colorado Almanac (Westwinds Press)

Denver's Larimer Street: From Main Street to Skid Row to Urban Renaissance (Historic Denver)

"Gay Bars & The Emergence of the Homosexual Community" (Social Sciences Journal)

Colorado Catholicism: The Archdioces of Denver, 1857-1989 (Univ. Press of Colorado)

Denver's Landmarks & Historic Districts (Univ. Press of Colorado)

Various History Channel, Public Television and local television shows

History 3601, Colorado History
History 4227/5227, American West
History 4228/5228, Western Art & Architecture
History 4229/5229, Colorado Historic Places
History 4232/5232, Historic Preservation
History 4236/5236, Colorado Mining & Railroads
History 4240/5240, National Parks History
History 4810/5810, Heritage Tourism
History 6931, Colorado Readings
History 6989, American West Seminar
History 6992, Colorado Studies Seminar