Playful, Fun Lesser-known Facts About Denver

Denver, the Mile High City, is known for its stunning Rocky Mountain views, love of the outdoors, and a thriving craft beer scene. But beyond the familiar sights, this vibrant city hides intriguing secrets and some surprising tales. Let’s uncover some!

  1. It’s Really a Mile High: The 13th step of the Colorado State Capitol building sits precisely 5,280 feet above sea level, marking the official “mile high” mark.
  2. Cheeseburger Paradise?: The cheeseburger was quite possibly invented at Denver’s Louis Ballast Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in 1935.
  3. Wild West Past: Once a rough and tumble mining town, Buffalo Bill Cody and outlaw Doc Holliday are among the famous figures of Denver’s past.
  4. Unsinkable Molly Brown: The famed Titanic survivor and activist Margaret “Molly” Brown was a Denver socialite. Her house is now a museum.
  5. Home of the Teddy Bear: A teddy bear was inspired by President Theodore (“Teddy”) Roosevelt after a hunting trip near the Colorado-Mississippi border.
  6. World’s Largest Rodeo: Denver hosts the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, a massive annual event celebrating cowboy culture.
  7. It’s Surprisingly Sunny: Denver boasts over 300 days of sunshine per year, more than Miami or San Diego!
  8. Federal Gold Stash: The Denver Mint holds a significant portion of the US gold reserves, like a real-life Fort Knox.
  9. Omelet Legacy: The giant 12-egg omelet was likely invented in Denver to feed hungry miners, now a quirky brunch tradition.
  10. Olympic City…That Wasn’t: Denver won the bid to host the 1976 Winter Olympics, but ultimately withdrew, the only city to ever do so.
  11. Airport Art Conspiracies: The Denver International Airport’s murals and bizarre gargoyle statues fuel wild conspiracy theories.
  12. Blue Bear Peeking In: A giant blue bear sculpture playfully peeks into the windows of the Denver Convention Center.
  13. “Colfax” Legend (or Infamy): Colfax Avenue is the longest continuous street in America, running through Denver and beyond. It has a colorful past and is changing.
  14. Book Burros: In the early 1900s, librarians in the mountains used burros to deliver books to remote communities.
  15. Haunted Capitol? Some claim the Colorado State Capitol Building is haunted, with mysterious footsteps and eerie sightings reported.

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