Denver, Colorado, considered to be the gateway to the entire Rocky Mountains area, is one of the most important cities in the western part of the United States. It is a transportation and business center and a highly attractive city to live in, famous for its hotspots. Among the many things that make Denver stand out, there are a some landmarks that really make the city unique:
The city is served by the Denver International Airport (DIA), with has a total area of more than 53 square miles (or 140 km2), which makes it the largest airport in the U.S. by land size, and the third largest in the world. The airport also operates the longest public use runway in the country. Located on the northeastern side of Denver, at roughly 25 miles from the city center, DIA is well known for its distinctive architecture. The roof of the airport is built out of fiber glass and is designed to resemble the snowcapped ridges of the nearby Rocky Mountains. The aesthetics of the building is emphasized by numerous art works, one of the most notable being the 32 feet tall statue called the Mustang.
Another feature for which Denver, Colorado is well known is its legacy as a gold rush town. Denver was founded during the Colorado Gold Rush of the 1850’s and its development is very much owned to the discovery of gold and silver deposits in the nearby mountain areas. Almost 100,000 gold seekers flocked in the area, in search of the precious ore, making this period one of the greatest gold rushes in the history of the United States. At its origins, Denver City was a humble gold miner’s camp but rapid development catalyzed by the gold rush turned it in a bustling city and the capitol of the newly formed Colorado Territory.
A unique geographic characteristic gives the city of Denver, its well-known nickname, “the mile high city”. A central point of the city sits at exactly 5,280 feet above sea level, or exactly one mile. The Colorado State Capitol Building is built on that spot, and a round brass piece marks the precise spot where the elevation is precisely one mile. Because of this relative high altitude, some visitors in the city actually need a period of accommodation with the city’s rarefied atmosphere.
The city of Denver is considered to be the “Wall Street of the West” due to its high concentration of economic activity. The status of Denver as a financial center is emphasized by its skyline, which features various office buildings and commercial centers. Also, the city is placed at the halfway point between Chicago and San Francisco, a status which allows Denver to act as a major economic hub.
Many federal agencies have headquarters in Denver, Colorado, one of the most important being the Denver Mint, which is the single largest producer of coins in the world. Established in 1906, the Mint still produces coins to this day, both for monetary use as well as commemorative and other collection pieces.
These are just a few of the many attractions of Denver, Colorado, which make this city a great place to visit and, at the same time, a great place to live in.