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The Mile-High City
Location of Denver in Colorado
Location of Colorado in the United States
39°44′21″N 104°59′5″W / 39.73917°N 104.98472°W Coordinates: 39°44′21″N 104°59′5″W / 39.73917°N 104.98472°W
Country United States
City-County Denver (coextensive)
November 22 1858
November 7 1861
Strong Mayor/Weak Council
John Hickenlooper ( D)
154.9 sq mi (401 km
153.3 sq mi (397 km
1.6 sq mi (4 km
8,414.4 sq mi (21,793 km
5,280 ft (1,610 m)
3,642/sq mi (1,406/km
• Metro density
286/sq mi (110/km
MST ( UTC-7)
• Summer ( DST)
MDT ( UTC-6)
Denver is the capital and largest city in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains on the South Platte River, and was founded in 1858. A nickname for Denver is The Mile High City, because Denver is very high above sea level. It is at least 5,280 feet (or 1,609 meters) above sea level at a point in the city's state capitol building. The dome at the top of the capitol building is covered in gold. 
of Denver, 1898
Denver City was founded in November 1858 during the
Pikes Peak Gold Rush as a mining town in western Kansas Territory. That summer, a group of gold prospectors from  Lawrence, Kansas, started a settlement on the banks of the South Platte River. They called it Montana City. This was the first settlement in what was later to become the city of Denver. The settlement faded quickly. By the summer of 1859 it was abandoned in favor of Auraria (named after the gold mining town of Auraria, Georgia), and St. Charles City.
Colorado Territory was created on February 28, 1861,  Arapahoe County was formed on November 1, 1861, and Denver City was incorporated on November 7, 1861.  Denver City served as the Arapahoe County Seat from 1861 until  consolidation in 1902. In 1867, Denver City became the  Territorial Capital. With its new-found importance, Denver City shortened its name to just Denver. On August 1, 1876, Colorado was  admitted to the Union.
Denver is the home of the
Denver Broncos football team, the Denver Nuggets basketball team, the Colorado Rockies baseball team, and the Colorado Avalanche hockey team.
↑ "Colorado State Capitol Building in Denver". milehighcity.com . http://www.milehighcity.com/capitol/ . Retrieved June 23, 2010.
↑ "Denver: The Rocky Mountain metropolis time line". The City and County of Denver. January 1, 2006 . http://www.denvergov.org/aboutdenver/history_timeline.asp . Retrieved August 30, 2006.
↑ 3.0 3.1 "State Government History". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. April 18, 2001 . http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/arcgov.html . Retrieved November 28, 2006.
↑ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. December 1, 2004 . http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/muninc.html . Retrieved November 28, 2006.
↑ 5.0 5.1 Thomas J. Noel. "Denver History: The Golden Gamble". City and County of Denver . http://www.denvergov.org/aboutdenver/history_narrative_2.asp . Retrieved April 3, 2007.