Named After James W. Denver
Denver, originally named Denver City, was named by founder General William Larimar after James W. Denver. Denver was the governor of Kansas Territory as a ploy to make the city the county seat of what was then Arapaho County, Kansas Territory. Turns out, Denver was no longer governor at the time.
The Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel on i-70 is the highest automobile tunnel in the world. It sits at 11,000 feet in elevation and is 8,960 feet long. About 26,000 vehicles use the tunnel each day.
Miles of Mountains
The area of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado covers more land than the Alps in Switzerland. Not to mention it contains 9,600 miles of fishing streams, 2,850 lakes and over 1,000 peaks taller than 2 miles.
Royalty of the Plains
Denver earned the nickname “Queen City of the Plains” because of the role it played in the agricultural industry in eastern Colorado and across the Front Range.
The Centennial State
Colorado earned the title “The Centennial State” because it officially became a state in 1876, exactly 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
A Drive to the Top
The road to Mount Evans from Idaho Springs is the highest paved road in North America climbing up to 14,258 feet above sea level.
The Wild West
Unlike many new cities, the first permanent structure in Denver was not a bank or hospital, it was instead a saloon.
Denver is one of just 12 US cities home to professional teams from the four most popular sports, baseball, hockey, football and basketball. Not to mention the professional lacrosse, soccer and rugby teams.
Rare Stones Capitol
The Colorado state capitol building located in Denver was built with the entire known supply of Rose Onyx.
The Durango an Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which has been in continuous operation since 1881, has appeared in over a dozen movies including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Hope you learned something new!