Denver’s origins date back to the mid-1800s when it was founded as Denver City, a mining town during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush.
Yes. Denver has a rich history and now as the state’s most populous city, many are setting down their roots here. Here are some fun facts that you may not know about the city:
– Residents are treated to more than 300 days of sunshine every year;
– The 13th step on the west side of the Colorado State Capitol Building is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level—or one mile. This makes Denver one of the highest major cities in the United States, and also where it gets its nickname as the Mile High City;
– There were originally three separate towns, with three separate names, where Denver now stands;
– Denver is the 23rd most populous city in the U.S.;
– In 1935, the world’s first “cheeseburger” came off the grill at Louis Ballast’s Humpty Dumpty drive-in restaurant in Denver;
– The Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the top five botanic gardens in America, with more than 32,000 plants, representing over 2,000 species, including seven that are classified as endangered.
This local update courtesy of your Denver South Community Expert.