Denver is the state capital of Colorado and has a population of around 579,000 as of 2005. The city sits at the foot of the Rocky Mountains on the South Platte River. Its nickname is "Mile-High City" because of the city's high elevation above the sea level. Nearby cities include Boulder, Aspen and Colorado Springs. With abundant sunshine, adorable sights and a throbbing downtown area, Denver is sure to benefit tourists and residents alike.
Brief Denver History - Denver was founded in 1858 after gold was discovered where Cherry Creek meets South Platte River. The town was named after James W. Denver, who was Governor of Kansas Territory. Around 100,000 people migrated to the area in the late 1850s to early 1860s, giving a tremendous population boost for what would become the state of Colorado. In 1861, the Colorado Territory was established
Around 1870, Denver became the second most populated city in the West, with San Francisco being first. However, the population boom slowed tremendously due to the depression of 1893. Denver became a center for livestock, wheat, manufacturing and service industries by the early 1900s, and the population began to grow again. Then, other large industries such as oil and gas companies came to the area, causing another growth spurt in the 1940s and 1950s.
Today, Denver is known for solid structures in housing and buildings, transportation availability, telecommunication operations, and great skiing! Denver also boasts the highest number of government employees in any state other than Washington, D.C. thanks to its large federal center. The downtown area of Denver is the tenth largest in the United States.
Attractions in Denver - Those planning a visit to Denver will find an array of attractions and sights to see. Downtown Denver streets are lined with lovely cafes, galleries, shops and even historic buildings for exploring the city heritage. Walking downtown also reveals a panoramic view of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. Also downtown is Six Flags Elitch Gardens amusement park with thrilling roller coasters, a water park and festive events throughout the year.
Sports fans will love Denver because of its well-known teams, including the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies and the Denver Nuggets. Visitors can also attend a horse race or the National Western rodeo - one of the largest rodeos in the world.
Denver Museums and Nature - Art and culture buffs can tour one of the many museums or galleries in Denver such as the Children's Museum of Denver, the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center or the Denver Art Museum. At the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (http://www.dmns.org), the entire family will love sitting in on a movie at the IMAX Theater or viewing the Gates Planetarium. For a more colorful event, the Denver Botanic Gardens offers a relaxing tour of blossoming flowers and plants.
Denver visitors can also tour the Confluence Park or the Platte River Valley on an open trolley car at the Denver Rail Heritage Society. Also, there is the Denver Zoo (http://www.denverzoo.org) with around 3,500 animals, including elephants, gorillas, leopards, rhinoceros and more! It's the fourth most popular zoo in the United States.
Denver Night Life - Night life in Denver is always hopping with a variety of jazz clubs, restaurants and many forms of live entertainment. Music concerts are held often at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, which seats around 9,000 people. This impressive arena was carved out of giant red rock boulders!
Skiing at Winter Park - For those visiting in winter, Denver's Winter Park creates a sensational ski atmosphere for the family with lodging, snow boarding, scenic rides by chair lift, mountain tours and more. Winter Park is also open during summer and offers exciting activities year round.
From awe-inspiring scenery to thrilling attractions, Denver is a great destination for travelers. Learn more about Denver, Colorado United States at the City of Denver Web site (http://www.denver.org).
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