Un-fun fun fact: Union Station police once acted as PDA police

Today I found myself on an RTD webpage titled “Facts: Current, historic and fun.”

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You don’t have to go home, but you can’t kiss here. Denver’s Union Station. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Today I found myself on an RTD webpage titled “Facts: Current, historic and fun.”

One of the 23 facts struck me as particularly fun to know and un-fun in practice:

“In 1902, Denver Union Station depot police began enforcing a ‘no kissing’ rule on platforms because it slowed down the trains.”

As an East Coast native who’s always in a big damn hurry, I support this. As a human being capable of feeling love, I am appalled. This is the kind of slippery slope rule that leads to an entire town banning dancing.

I’m glad you’re not that town, Denver.

Smooch at Union Station at will. The trains probably aren’t waiting on you anyway.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.