Denver is the most populous city in Colorado.  As the capital city of Colorado, it sits a mile higher than sea level, giving it the alias of the Mile-High City.  Denver lies on the western edge of the High Plains and just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.  Denver is approximately 12 miles east of the foothills, which is a perfect locations for those wanting the city feel, but the ability to quickly travel into the mountains.      

Denver began as mining began in 1858 during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush.  The first settlement in Denver was by a group of gold prospectors from Lawrence, Kansas.  General William Larimer, a land speculator from eastern Kansas, placed cottonwood logs to stake a claim.  Larimer named the townsite Denver City as to be in favor with Kansas Territorial Governor James W. Denver.  Denver was becoming a frontier town.  The economy was based on serving local miners with gambling, saloons, livestock and goods and trading.  In 1863, Western Union recognized Denver’s dominance by choosing it for its regional terminal. 

The Colorado Territory was created on February 28, 1861, and Denver City was incorporated on November 7, 1861.  In 1867, Denver City became the Territorial Capital of the Colorado Territory.  Denver City was shortened to just Denver.  Colorado was admitted to the Union on August 1, 1876.

There are 80 official defined neighborhoods in the City and County of Denver.  From large skyscrapers to turn of the twentieth century homes, each neighborhood is significantly varied.  Most of the homes closest to the city center were built prior to World War II, and the ones outside of the city’s center were built after.  These further homes are built with more modern materials and styles.  Most of the neighborhoods within Denver contain parks and features that are the focal points for their each individual neighborhood.   

Denver contains over 200 parks, from small to the giant 314 acre City Park.  There are also 29 recreation centers for residents.  State lands in the 19th and early 20th centuries were created into many of Denver’s parks.  The city of Denver acquired land for mountain parks in the 1911s.  14,000 acres have been acquired by Denver to build and maintain mountain parks including, Red Rocks Park, and Winter Park Resort.

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