Denver’s Rich History

Denver is a spectacular city in a beautiful position in Colorado. Called the “Mile High City” thanks to its elevation and proximity to the Rocky Mountains, it really is a beautiful place to live.

If you like the outdoors, you’re going to be in heaven in Denver. We have the mountains, several National Parks, thousands of miles of trails and hundreds of thousands of acres of forest and countryside.

History of Denver

Denver began life as part of the Gold Rush. Settlements grew on the banks for the South Platte River to Denverservice miners and their families. Over time, these were bought, or abandoned until General William H. Larimer came to town and bought a tract of land beside the river.

He managed to convince residents of local settlements of Montana City, Highland, St. James and Auraria to join him in his new venture. Once the town was established, he named it Denver, after Kansas Governor John Denver, in order to curry favor. Unfortunately, by the time the city was named, Denver was no longer governor.

Denver remained part of the mining landscape and slowly added manufacturing and agriculture to its arsenal. This diversification allowed the city to survive when many around it did not once the miners moved on. Even a silver find to the west didn’t change the city all that much, except by increasing the number of cathouses.

The building of the Denver Pacific railroad cemented the city as a base for the future. The railroad brought immigrants, trade, much-needed supplies and all that is needed by a modern population center. The arrival of the train secured the future of the city.

The modern Denver is a mixture of manufacturing, finance, services and tourism. The city itself is successful and on the up.

What to Do in Denver

Denver is a big city with a lot going on. Whoever you are and whatever you like doing, you can do it here, especially if it involves the outdoors. With hundreds of museums, galleries, shops and restaurants, there is no such thing as nothing to do here!

Arts and Culture

The sheer number of galleries and museums means there is more culture here than many other cities. We have a range of districts that house galleries, organized walks to visit them, more museums that you could see in a year with more exhibits than you could view in a lifetime.

Music and Entertainment

Music is a big part of our lives, so there are plenty of places to enjoy it. We have a range of top flight clubs, music bars, live performance venues and outdoor concert spaces. Whether you like dancing to a beat or in a line, you’ll find more than enough here.


Our heritage and history is important to us. Denver has a range of high quality museums and memorials to honor the dead and educate the living. From the Children’s Museum to theHistory Colorado Center, there is millennia of history to be discovered here.

Interested in short-term housing for your stay in Denver? We have many furnished rentals all across the city.

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