Walker Stapleton Reacts To Neighborhood Decision To Keep His Family’s Namesake

August 20, 2019
The defunct Stapleton Airport control tower looms over the growing suburban landscape.The defunct Stapleton Airport control tower looms over the growing suburban landscape.Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite
The defunct Stapleton Airport control tower looms over the neighborhood. Residents have voted to keep the Stapleton name.

What does the name Stapleton mean to you? Maybe you associate it with Denver's old airport, which is now a neighborhood. Enough people in that neighborhood connected the name to the Ku Klux Klan, that there was a vote whether to keep it. Stapleton is named for former Denver mayor and KKK member Benjamin Stapleton. And by a vote of roughly 65 to 35 percent, property owners in Stapleton decided to stick with the name.