The Denver Area

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Denver is both the largest city in the state and the capital of the state of Colorado. Denver is located on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is nicknamed the “Mile High City” because its official elevation is exactly one mile or 5,280 feet above sea level. Originally named Denver City, it was founded in 1858 as a mining town during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. Although very little gold was found, the mere word of gold was enough to start a stampede of prospectors and fortune-seekers into the area. Settlers made their stake on land, laid out city streets, and sold the lots to those arriving after them. Just when people began settling into their new lives in Denver, a huge gold strike was discovered in the nearby mountain town of Central City. As quickly as they came to Denver, the fortune-seekers packed up and headed to the hills – leaving the city nearly deserted. Gradually, people returned to Denver as they battled harsh weather conditions in the mountains, realizing there were better ways to make their fortune. These early settlers were the first to discover and enjoy the mild, year-round climate Denver has to offer.

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