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Denver County, Colorado
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The Mile High City
Queen City of the Plains
Gateway to the Rockies
Chamber of Commerce.
The consolidated city and county of Denver are surrounded by the following counties: Adams County on the north and east, Arapahoe County to the south and east and on the west is Jefferson County.
Here is a map page for Denver and the area.
This map page has links to different neighborhoods in the Denver area.
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between the Rocky Mountains in the west and the High Plains in the east. It is generally considered a plains city rather than a mountain city even though it is located a mile high!
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mostly dry and mild, though snow falls often in the winter. The snow usually melts quickly because of the sunny days. Because of the closeness to the mountains, the wind is less than out on the open prairie. Denver has 300 days of bright sunshine a year!
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Denver was named for Gen. James W. Denver, governor of Kansas Territory.
People came to the Denver area with the discovery of gold in Cherry Creek in 1858. The area was already a stopping place for trappers, traders and Native Americans. By 1860, two towns, Denver and Auraria, were combined to create the larger town of Denver. It was only seven years later that Denver was named the capital of the Colorado Territory. Bad luck arrived in 1863 when a fire nearly destroyed the city. If that wasn't enough, a year later a flash flood descended on Denver, sweeping away many of the buildings in town, including the city hall. Growth slowed during this time as the Indian wars raged. People were hesitant to come west.
By 1870, the population in Denver soared from 4,759 in 1870 to 106,713 in 1890. The large growth was due mainly to the arrival of the railroad. The people of Denver started their own railroad company when the Trans-Continental Railroad bypassed the town. They connected with the Union Pacific at Cheyenne, Wyoming. Denver was named the capital city of the new state of Colorado in 1876.
Gold remained important to the economy of Denver up until 1880, with silver passing up gold in the later years. Many people amassed a great deal of wealth during these boom years. In 1893, the silver market collapsed causing widespread economic disaster in the Denver area. Many of the "new rich" became poor once again. Agriculture and new gold discoveries helped to prevent a major downturn in the economy.
The city has has a boom-bust cycle during the 20th century. Because of this cycle, community leaders have made considerable effort to diversity the foundation of Denver's economy. The success of their effort may be seen in the stable and sustained economy of the present-day city of Denver.
A history page for Denver with a great deal of information about the past.
For attractions and things to see and do in Denver, go to this attractions page
Denver is the gateway to the Rocky Mountain Region and is known as the Mile High City because its elevation is actually one mile high - 5,280 feet! It is one of the largest cities between the Missouri River and the coastal states. Denver is rich in history, especially of the gold rush era. It was a mining town to begin with along with much agriculture. It has evolved into a large city with emphasis on industry, business and culture. It is the state capital of Colorado. The Capitol building itself, built in 1895, has a distinctive 272 foot gold-leafed dome and is right in downtown Denver. The Denver mint, opened in 1906, makes money for the government.
Denver's center for the Performing Arts is a group of theaters and performance halls which house many companies and organizations, including the Denver Symphony. Museums include the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Western Art and the Denver Museum of Natural History.
partly based on its geographic position. The main economy of Denver lies in the service sector. These include, but are not limited to: Retail and wholesale trade, eating establishments, transportation and finanacial. There are many manufacturers of electronic and aerospace items. The Federal government maintains several major facilities in both military and governmental agencies
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The city and county of Denver are one governmental entity and have the same boundaries.
The city is governed by a mayor who is elected on a nonpartisan ballot. A 13-member city council and an auditor are also elected. The Denver City Council is elected from 11 districts with two at-large council-members
Denver City and County Building
1460 Cherokee Street
Phone: (303) 640-3622
Open Monday to Friday 8am to 5 pm. Closed on weekends
Denver Historical Events 1995
Denver International Airport opens
Minerals, fossils, meteorites, gems, beads, unusual jewelry and gift items, books, and lapidary equipment are among the items sold by 150 dealers. Crafters and scientists provide demonstrations of gem cutting, jewelry making, and fossil preparation. Displays showcase some of the world's finest museum collections. The theme for 2004 is Zeolites and Associated Minerals, and we expect many outstanding displays of these exotic minerals. A major display will feature Colorado's Patriotic Geological Symbols, red rhodochrosite, white Yule marble, and blue aquamarine. Speakers will give talks on topics relating to mining and mineral collecting.
There will be free gold panning for children, and free gem and mineral identification. Mr. Bones, a walking dinosaur, will delight children of all ages. The show, which is open to the public, provides an exciting and educational experience.
The Denver Gem and Mineral Show is sponsored and produced by volunteers from the Greater Denver Area Gem & Mineral Council, a non-profit association of ten area clubs with 1400 members. All show proceeds benefit museums, scientific research, scholarships and education. For those interested, the show is a good opportunity to get in touch with one of the local clubs that continue to foster interest in the earth sciences all year round.
Adults: $ 5/day, Seniors (over 62) & Juniors (13-17): $ 3/day, Children under 13 free with adult
Denver OrganizationsDenver Metro Chamber of Commerce
1445 Market Street
Denver, CO 80202
The number of housing units was:
1990 - 239,636
2005 - 268,540
Median household income:
2000 - $ 39,500
2005 - $ 42,370
Median house value:
2000 - $ 165,800
2005 - $ 231,900
Denver is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.