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How Denver Become Colorado’s Biggest City In Just 150 Years


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Denver is a city in Colorado, specifically in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains, just east of the Rocky Mountain’s Front Range. The city is also the biggest and the capital of the said state. It is nicknamed the Mile High City because of its mile high elevation above sea level.

Denver's History: The most interesting thing about the history of Denver is that unlike other cities, the area where it is now was virtually uninhabited until the 1850s. People began to relocate to Denver only when 20 troy ounces of gold were discovered in the Rocky Mountain Region. Denver started out as a mining and supply settlement in the middle of nowhere. The settlement was eventually abandoned in a few years, and its inhabitants relocated to Auraria and then to St. Charles City. In 1858, a land speculator from Kansas, General William Larimer went to Denver and claimed a piece of land on the hill overlooking the area where the South Platte River and Cherry Creek joined. It was also Larimer who named the site as Denver City, to gain the favor of James W. Denver, the Territorial Governor of Kansas back then. Denver

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Even during Denver’s early years, many people did not high hopes for the town believing it would just die as with other mining camps and towns in Colorado. Prospectors have already gone to the Denver area even before the first settlements were built, but they moved on to other areas because they felt that the gold there wasn’t as plenty or are easily exhaustible. But the gold discoveries in the western part of Denver and in other towns close to the city cemented its role as a supply center for new mines. Denver City in the 20th century flourished as a frontier town, with an economy based on providing services to miners like gambling, saloons, livestock and goods trading. Denver's formal incorporation as a city happened on November 1861 which is just several months after the creation of the Colorado Territory. The creation of the Denver Pacific Railway in the late 19th century ushered in a new era for the city. The Denver Pacific facilitated relocation to the region, tourism, as well as more efficient trade and commerce. World War II was a great threat to these positive changes. Interestingly, during the wars and in the years that followed, Denver saw the rise of new industries which essentially transformed the mining town into a manufacturing center. With these developments, populations expanded rapidly and the city grew upward and outward. Nowadays, Denver is the 27th most populous city in the US. In a state where there are 500 ghost towns, and only 270 active towns and cities, it is truly impressive that Denver has survived the test of time. For more information on history of Denver please visit Denver

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What You Need To Know About Denver’s Past  

Denver is a city in Colorado, specifically in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains, just east of the Rocky M...