Short History of Denver, Colorado

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When the dawn of the gold trade had entered the region of the Rocky Mountains, the first signs of notable human inhabitants made their way to the city of Denver. During the summer of 1858, a word on the mining and trade of gold in the region had spread throughout the country. The news attracted migrates in mass numbers to the region. The Pike’s Peek Gold Rush (as it was called) had seen thousands flocking to the land. The valuable metal subdued its excited inhibitors who found the reservoirs emptying soon. People staying in tents, tepees, wagons, lean-tots and log cabins rushed to Pikes Peak, a 14,000 foot mountain south of Denver.

The banks of South Platte River offered its early migrants other business opportunities. There slowly aroused land lords who started claiming lands selling them to the newcomers. It was then the claimed city on the eastern side of Cherry Creek was named after the just resigned governor James Denver by William H. Larimer as “Denver.” The two sides of the Cherry Creek had a long drawn bloodshed over various misunderstandings, which was finally disrupted by naming the shadow region of Rocky Mountains as “Denver.” This was how the city got its name.

At a point in the history when the mountain regions of the West offered more mining opportunities, all the people of the region migrated West, leaving Denver. But when the weather conditions of the mountains turned out to be harsh, people retreated back to their Denver homeland that had a pleasant climate all throughout the year. This was when the city saw its first trading sectors. And then from the years 1870 to 1900 the silver boom flourished.

More people started entering the city to fetch the huge profits that were hidden deep within the Rocky Mountains. Toward the end of the 19th Century when the Silver Boom subdued, other metals kept the region engaged. Brass, copper, zinc, and lead where all mined voraciously, even up until the end of 20th Century. A few mines are still in operation today.

Then the region was hit with a flood washing away 20 people and incurring loss to many buildings and historic regions. A fire attack causing millions of dollars worth of damage and finally an Indian war which left thousands killed and damaged affected Denver, too. After all the hardships the city has endured, Denver still holds some of the best historical sites in the country including the traditional music halls of the 1850s, still gleaming with life. The culture of the city is reflected in the festivals and fun activities that take place constantly throughout the year.

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