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About Denver

Denver is the county seat of, and shares the same borders with, Denver County.
It used to be part of Arapahoe and Adams Counties, so check those sites for data as well.


Nicknames:

Denver is nicknamed "The Mile-High City" because its official elevation, engraved on the fifteenth step of the state capitol building, is one statute mile (5,280 feet or 1,609 m) above sea level

Denver has also been known historically as the Queen City of the Plains because of its important role in the agricultural industry of the plains regions along the foothills of the Front Range.

Other nicknames that Denver has had include The Rail City, for the city's importance as a North American rail hub, and Capital of the Rocky Mountain Empire, for the city's pre-eminence in the Rocky Mountain region

County History

Denver was founded in the Kansas Territory in 1858. That summer a group from Lawrence, Kansas, arrived and established Montana City on the banks of the South Platte River. This was the first settlement in what was later to become the city of Denver. The site faded quickly, however, and was abandoned in favor of Auraria and St. Charles City by the summer of 1859. The site is now Grant-Frontier Park and includes mining equipment and a log cabin replica.

On November 22 of 1858, General William Larimer, a land speculator from eastern Kansas, placed cottonwood logs to stake a square-mile claim on the hill overlooking the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, across the creek from the existing mining settlement of Auraria. The location was accessible to existing trails and was across the South Platte River from the site of seasonal encampments of the Cheyenne and Arapaho. The site of these first towns is now the site of Confluence Park in downtown Denver. Larimer, along with associates in the St. Charles City Land Company, sold parcels in the town to merchants and miners, with the intention of creating a major city that would cater to new emigrants. St Charles City and Auraria, after a catastrophic flood of the Cherry Creek, joined forces to form a new town, named "Denver City" to honor Kansas territorial governor James W. Denver, in order to ensure that the city would become the county seat of then Arapaho County, Kansas. Ironically, when Larimer named it after Denver, he was unaware that the latter had already resigned as governor. After statehood, Denver remained the seat of Arapahoe County until the creation of the City and County of Denver 1902

In 1865, Denver became the capital of the Colorado Territory

The mid 1880s saw a huge rise in city corruption, as crime bosses, such as Soapy Smith, worked side-by-side with elected officials and the police, to control the elections, gambling, and the bunko gangs. By 1890, Denver had grown to be the second largest city west of Omaha, Nebraska, second only to San Francisco. It would lose the title at the turn of the century to Los Angeles.

Denver has 79 neighborhoods that the city and community groups use for planning and administration.
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Denver County, Colorado Data

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Website updates:
December 2017 - Obits 1 was added
November 2017 - Marriage Announcement; Crime News Article; Bios - 11 were added
October 2017 - Obit, Marriage Announcements and Community News were added to
September 2017 - 1 Obit
August 2017 - Accidents - 1 article added
July 2017 - Accidents/Fires - 19 articles were added; and a Community News article
June 2017 - Crime News & Obit
May 2017 - Obits - 37 were added
February 2017 - Crime News & 2 Community News articles
November 2016 - Crime News - Fred Arnold & Newton Andrews Hanging
October 2016 - News - Birth Announcements were added
August 2016 - Bios - W. H. Willcox; 2 Marriage Announcements
July 2016 - Directories - 1871 Denver Directory & Business Directory
June 2016 - News - Mining Accidents - 2 articles added; Crime News Article & News Event added & 2 Bios
May 2016 - Obits - 2; Community & Events an article each
Apr 2016: Obit - Logan Crawford - transcribed by J. S. & Eugene Wetherill transcribed by Jim Dezotell; Obits Mrs. Grimes & Mrs. Revello; School News - transcribed by J.S.; Obit - Col. Wm.. Hughes
Mar 2016: Obits - Velma Davidson & Viola Bradley; Adolph Zang & Ruby Prock & 2 Crime News Articles
Feb 2016: Obit - Mathew Drury; News-Visiting - Wallace Clark
May 2015:  obit for GOWER

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