"The Queen City of the Plains" Top 5 Page for this destination Denver by caffeine_induced78

Denver Travel Guide: 1,036 reviews and 1,804 photos

As you enter Denver for the first time you will probably be surprised that the city is not how it potrays itself. Denver is not in the Rocky Mountains, Denver is not even up against the Rocky Mountains. This city of 2 million citizens is about 15 miles from the foothills on what is called the "high plains." It's a rapidly growing city that has is by far the largest city in what is known as the Rocky Mountain Empire. Towering skyscrapers surround you in the downtown area, and excellent restuarants abound. The sunshine - Denver averages more sunny days a year than both LA and Miami.

Denver City was founded at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River in 1859 because of gold that was found and the inevitable promotion of the gold that was spouted by the town founders of Denver City. Across the creek was Auraria City in the area that is now the Auraria campus (where I go to school). The towns eventually merged to become simply Denver. It was a fight to become the biggest city in Colorado, and when you arrive here you might wonder as many before you have "Why is the city here at all?" It has no ports, it's a distance from the mountains, and why here rather than Golden, Boulder, or Fort Collins? In one answer - it was sheer political capital that made Denver what it is today.

Interesting facts about Denver.

A watchman lived in the tunnels underneath the State Capitol building from the day it opened until he died 30 years later. He scrounged for food, wore the same overalls and never openly spent money. He took his pay to the bank each month and exchanged it for silver dollars. When he died, searchers combed the tunnel looking for his silver, but they never found it.

Denver in the 1860s had neither pavement nor trees. There was no railroad and very little agriculture, so basic foodstuffs such as a dozen eggs cost as much as $2, the equal of $40 or $50 dollars in today's currency. Supplies were brought in from Chicago and Omaha by large teams of horses that would haul them over the Great Plains.

Building Denver International Airport, 'DIA', although it's on a relatively level site, required the moving of 110 million cubics yards of earth. That is approximately one-third the amount of earth moved to build the Panama Canal.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Growing city, young and vibrant.
  • Cons:Urban Sprawl.
  • In a nutshell:Not just a cowtown anymore.
  • Last visit to Denver: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    You have presented a picture of the city that I am going to be there in 2 days for a short trip through on way to Utah. Good job of presenting and comments. It sounds like you want to go back to the museo and find that blonde.

  • virtualling's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Great insight. Smiles from Austin, TX :D

  • shohman's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2006 at 2:22 AM

    Great tips! I'll be visiting Denver soon and these help a lot. Thanks

  • jonah1's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2006 at 12:11 AM

    Things to do in Denver when you're dead (or not it seems!) - well done j

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2006 at 6:17 AM

    Nice page about Denver. We've enjoyed watching it grow and mature - I'll be back! Greetings from Augusta, Georgia

  • Seabiscuit's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2006 at 5:10 PM

    WOWEE! In your opening Denver photo, you can see my old office! Very cool. Jeff-

  • tejanasueca's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2006 at 12:45 PM

    I lived in Denver for the 2003 blizzard..so I really appreciate the effort you had to put in...I was stuck in an apartment over by Colorado Blvd....: )

  • EllenH's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2005 at 10:23 AM

    Might be in Denver this weekend, wish jeff was still there. Happy vt bday, just a coincidence I stopped by today.

  • Jeannette1's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2005 at 7:35 PM

    Excellent page. Very infomative section on transportation. I had no idea DIA was so far out of town. $55 for a cab? ouch :-) J.

  • OlenaKyiv's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2005 at 6:21 AM

    Hello Bryant, your Denver page is great. But, please, never tell that Kiev is Russia. It never was and never will be. It is Ukraine. I mean your tip on The Golda Meir house.

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