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The heart of Ski Country USA, Denver is the “Mile High City” located on the rolling western range of the Great Plains in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This large metropolis and capital city of Colorado has grown over the years from a small mining town to the commercial, financial, industrial, transportation, and cultural center of the Rocky Mountain region. Though gold and silver mining continue to impact on Denver’s economy, the community thrives on the the diversity of tourism, light industry, agriculture, telecommunications, transportation, medical technology, and finance. Its estimated population of more than 493,000 is served by the nation’s largest airport, three interstate highways, AMTRAK, and five railroad freight lines.

The city annually welcomes nearly 9 million visitors to the scenic wonders set against the snow cap peaks which make Denver one of the world’s great winter resorts with 26 ski areas, including famous Aspen and Steamboat Springs. It is a resort that can boast of magnificent skiing down “pristine, sunlit mountains” from November until June. But Denver has it all: golf, sunbathing, horseback riding, fishing and hunting, ice skating and skeet shooting, biking and hiking trails, boating and water sports, snowmobiling and mountain climbing.

It is a city of more than 250 parks, plazas, tree-lined boulevards, historic Victorian architecture, and modern skyscrapers. Its 14-block Pedestrian Mall downtown is lined with fine restaurants and fashionable shops. Notable points of interest are the U.S. Mint, the Denver Art Museum, the Black American West Museum, the Botanic Gardens, the Museum of Nature and Science, the walking tour through the city’s colorful brewery district, and nearby--historic mining towns, Pike’s Peak, and Rocky Mountain National Park. And of course, there's all those professional sports: the major league Rockies, NFL Broncos, NBA Nuggets, and the NHL Avalanche.

The product of the gold rush of 1859, Denver was settled at the junction of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, and named after James W. Denver who was territorial governor of Kansas, which held rights to the region at that time. It was gold that made Denver the wild and wicked boom town that was able to survive, in the early years, floods, fires, Indian raids, and an invasion by Confederate troops during the Civil War. But by 1900 this city had gained respectability as the “Queen City of the Plains.” Significant growth arrived in 1870 with the railroads. Five years after Colorado gained statehood in 1876, it became the state capital. Following a series of booms and busts, this city gradually emerged as one of nation’s great ski resorts, a reputation which has heralded the city’s economic growth to the present day.


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