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🠈  Denver, Colorado  🠊

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Denver is a consolidated city and county on the Colorado Front Range. Denver County covers 155 square miles and had a 2010 population of 600,158. The Denver Metropolitan area, which includes Denver, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, Adams County, Douglas County and Broomfield has a population over 2.5 million.

Denver was founded by General William Larimer in during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush of 1858 on the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte, across from the mining town of Auraria. It was named after James W. Denver with hopes of gaining favor of the current Governor of Kansas Territories.

Denver City became the county seat of Arapahoe County in 1861 with the formation of of the Colorado Territory. Denver became the Territorial Capitol in 1867 and State Capitol when Colorado was admitted into the Union on August 1, 1876.

The Colorado State Capitol building was constructed in the 1890s. The base of the building has the elevation of 5280 feet earning Denver the title of Mile High City. The Capitol Dome is plated in Gold to commemorate the Colorado Gold Rush.

The consolidated city/county of Denver was created in 1902 elevating Littleton to the County Seat of Arapaho County and Brighton to the county seat of the newly formed Adams County.

Despite the decision to run the Transcontinental Railroad through Cheyenne, Denver became the primary commercial capital of the Mountain West with the construction of the Denver Pacific Railway in 1870.

Major transportation routes through Denver include Interstate 70 which runs a transcontinental route from Baltimore to Los Angeles (joining I15 in Utah). Interstate 76 runs Northeast from Denver connecting with I80 on the way to Chicago and I25 which run along the Front Range Corridor

The Denver Color project is a modest effort to promote local web development and community awareness in Denver. Our tumblr site has pictures of the Mile High City.

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