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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.
is nicknamed "The
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
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
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.