The most populous city in Colorado

Just a small radius from the Rocky Mountains foothills, on the brinks of the Platte River (South), lays one of the most popular capital cities in the US and the world.

If you know a thing or two about the U.S. state of Colorado, the name Denver should have come to mind.

Nicknamed the Mile High City, Denver boasts numerous world-class attractions, from city parks to theaters, museums, amazing dinners, music concerts, cultural festivals, and a lot more to offer, both to locals and tourists. The cultural city is also reputed as being home to the 2nd highest literate population in the U.S.

The downtown is incredible, walkable, and full of breathtaking sceneries. It is by far, one of the best places to visit when touring the western United States.


From Capitol Hill to the likes of Villa Park, the city houses more than 80 neighborhoods scattered in its East, West, South, North, NE, NW, SE, SW, regions. The Colorado capital may have a short history, but one that is rich and colorful.

This article seeks to take you through the history of this magnificent city, from its foundation to what it is in the modern-day.


Foundation
As already mentioned, Denver is the capital city of Colorado. As far as population is concerned, it is among the top 20 largest cities in the United States.

It was founded and established by a group of excavators in the year 1858, in Kansas territory as a gold mining town. The city was named after its governor James Denver.

Unfortunately, the gold later dried out and the city became a supply heart for new mines. Over the years that followed, Denver grew swiftly and became a state capital of the new county seat of Arapahoe County.


In the early 20th century the Mile High City advanced further in population growth from around 5,000 to at least 100,000 people. It then became a hub of transportation out of the arrival of the railway in the years 1870 and 1890. This also bore new roads and major advancements in rail and air travel.

The investors from Denver came together and built the railway line from cayenne to western Kansas. The area then became the second most populated city in the US. Until the era of World War 2, its economy was sustained mostly by ranch products, the shipping, and processing of minerals.


With the impending war, Denver became the central location for most federal activities that took place in the country. After the war ended, gas and oil companies advanced the city by constructing high-rise skyscrapers, which hosted offices, residential houses, hotels, and retail shops in the city.

This advanced the city further, and it became the economic base with the growth of tourism. This, in turn, led to the spawning of more historical and architectural highrise buildings.

A Mining Town


Denver has quite some interesting history in mining. A small group of excavators from Georgia came exploring the territory of Kansas. This was after a word of whisper went round that gold had been discovered at the base converging the Platte River and Cherry Creek. Out of the craving to get rich quick, what had started as a rumor spewed up a spurious rush by the fortune seekers into the region to explore and utilize the opportunity.


They came by foot, on horsebacks, and every other means just to lay their hand on this treasured metal.
Unfortunately, not much of this costly metal was found. Since the California gold rush had taken place some nine years earlier, this was disappointing news to many. They were dispirited and deserted the site, moving downstream to settle at Auraria, another small mining settlement. Auraria is also one of Denver’s renowned neighborhoods in the northwest part of the city.


Arts and Culture

If you are a tourist who has had Denver in mind as their next vacation destination, one thing is for sure. When it comes to places you can visit and things you can do, it’s a great choice.

From its beautiful weather with 300 days of sunshine a year to fascinating arts, and numerous attractions, you are well-served for a memorable vacation. Denver has one of the most flourishing arts, culture scenes, and museums, which is one of the reasons the city attracts millions of tourists each year from around the world.


There are a lot of places to visit here if you are a lover of arts and culture. While in the Mile High City, some of the places you shouldn’t leave without visiting include the Golden Triangle Creative District, which hosts at least eight of the city’s museums. Notable Museums in this area include the following:

  • Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts
  • Mint Museum
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Clyfford Still Museum
  • Molly Brown House Museum


Historical Sites

As we hinted earlier, Denver hosts some of the most amazing attractions and breathtaking sceneries. It’s one of the most charming cities in the world with lush walkways and luxurious architecture. Some of the most outstanding sites include the Emmanuel Gallery, which hosts the city’s oldest church building, the Emmanuel Shearith Israel Chapel.

Constructed in 1876, it is one of the tiniest stone chapels, with its gothic architectural styles making it a major tourist attraction site in the city. However, the church was later changed into a Jewish synagogue in 1903.

Another landmark site is the Gold Meir House, the only remaining residence in the U.S. former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Other fascinating historical sites include the magnificent Denver Botanic Gardens and:

  • Four Mile Historic Park
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
  • Denver Union Station
  • Byers-Evans House – Golden Triangle
  • Mountain States TTCH Building
  • St. Cajetan’s Church

The list also includes the Ninth Street Historic District, which serves as a scenic reminder of the city’s earliest days.
We may not have gone into detail about every event or when each of the attractions in Denver was founded, but this should give you a quick picture of the rich history of this city. Currently under the leadership of Mayor Michael B. Hancock (as of 2020), a recent report shows that Denver is among the best cities in the US based on various factors such as prosperity, place, and people.

Discover more about Denver