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Denver - City Character
Denver, Colorado is the capital city of Colorado. Known as the ‘Mile Hight City’ thanks to an altitude of 5,280 feet, the city is one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country. With a population of around 700,000 people, it is the 19th largest city in the country and is growing steadily.
Brief history of Denver
Denver began as a mining town in the edge of South Platte River during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. Settled in 1858 and abandoned in 1859 the original settlement at Auraria shifted to a new location claimed by General William Larimer and called Denver to impress Kansas governor James Denver.
The early town was designed to equip and service frontiersmen, miners and early homesteaders while also attracting immigrants. Early industry was built around livestock, mining and service industries. The arrival of the self-funded Denver Pacific railroad in 1870 secured the future for the burgeoning city.
The young Denver suffered growing pains including corruption, a depression, high crime and poverty but overcame them all. The Carnation Gold Rush in the late 19th century added diversity to the economy until the arrival of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Plant in the 1950s.
Denver has the dubious honor of being the only city to ever refuse to host the Olympics. It was chosen to host the 1976 Winter Olympics but turned down the offer due to the high costs involved.
Doing business in Denver
Thanks to a very central location, Denver is a transportation and storage hub. With no other major cities within 500 miles, it is essential for the transporting of goods across the country and further afield.
The proximity to the Rocky Mountains has ensured mining and minerals have always played a part in the city’s history. After being originally settled during the gold rush, Denver has remained a big player in mining and extraction and is still home to many mining and energy companies.
Telecommunications and technology also have influence here. The central time zone means Denver has been a logical place to communicate across all time zones of the country. Being one mile above sea level also means satellite communications are faster and more efficient.
Denver city character
Culture has always been an influence in Denver. Some of the earliest settlers of the city built theaters, museums and opera houses. Music and creativity is big here and while it may not have the reputation for creating greats like Los Angeles has, Denver has produced lots of fantastic acts and continues to play host to numerous venues for all of the arts.
The climate has also contributed to the city’s character. A mild climate, lots of sunshine and lots of outdoor space means a lot of life is lived outside. It is a very active city with one of the lowest obesity rates in the United States. The mountains, parks, sports and rivers all combine to keep resident’s active and healthy.
Some of the districts that make up Denver include; Baker, Capitol Hill, Central Business District, Cherry Creek, Cheesman Park, City Park, Congress Park, City Park West, Civic Center, Country Club, Lincoln Park, North Capitol Hill, Speer and Union Station.