|City in the United States|
|– country||397.13 km²|
|– water||4.23 km²|
|– agglomeration||3,090,874 (2010)|
|Mayor||Michael Hancock (D)|
According to EHUACOM.COM, Denver has been the capital of the state of Colorado in the United States since 1876. The city is located at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains.
The population of Denver was estimated at 682,545 in 2015, making Denver the 19th largest city in the United States. The ‘Denver- Aurora Metropolitan Area’ agglomeration has more than 2.4 million inhabitants. The entire Denver – Aurora – Boulder Combined Statistical Area region has almost 3 million inhabitants and is the 17th largest conurbation in the US. The city is nicknamed ‘The Mile High City’ because the city is exactly one mile high, namely 1609,344 m above sea level.
Denver is the location of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Daniel Libeskind designed Denver Art Museum. The Red Rocks Amphitheater, partly carved into the rock, is famous in the town of Morrison to the west of the city. On York Street is a botanical garden: Denver Botanic Gardens.
During the Second World War, coins were minted here by order of the Dutch government in exile to keep the circulation going after the war.
Originally it is a city of gold miners. On November 22, 1858, General William Larimer Jr. and Captain Jonathan Cox, Esquire, two Kansas landowners here claim the area and Larimer named the city of Denver City after the politician and administrator James William Denver. He hoped to get a hold of Texas Governor James W. Denver. Larimer hoped that the name of the city would lead to it becoming the capital of the area, but unfortunately Denver had already left his post.
From 1869, the Chinese settled in the city, attracted by the employment opportunities in the mines and in the construction of railways. They were only allowed to settle in a part of the city that developed into Chinatown. Great tensions arose between them and the Americans, partly because the entrepreneurs were playing them off against each other. On the evening of October 31, 1880, the bomb exploded due to a bar quarrel, which led to large-scale violence by Americans against the defenseless Chinese. Their shops and other properties were destroyed and Chinatown turned into a smoking mess.
11.3% of the population is older than 65 and 39.3% consists of single -person households. Unemployment is 8.1 % (May 2012).
About 31.7% of Denver’s population are Hispanics and Hispanics, 11.1% are of African origin and 2.8% of Asian origin.
The population increased from 467,549 in 1990 to 554,636 in 2000.
Denver has a climate with four completely different seasons. The weather in the area surrounding the city is mainly determined by the Rocky Mountains. The climate is quite mild compared to the other valleys that lie at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and can be very unpredictable. The average temperature in Denver is 10.1°C and the average precipitation is 40.2 cm. The first snowfall is around October 19 and the last snowfall is around April 27. Because Denver is so high, the city has an average of 250 sunny days a year. Winter in Denver can range from mild to very cold. The lowest temperature ever recorded in the city is –34°C in 1875, the most recent lowest temperature was in 1990; then it became –29°C. The average temperature in summer is around 31°C, the highest temperature ever was 44°C.
There are many sports teams in Denver and the city is one of a select group of US cities with teams from four major sports. The NFL ‘s Denver Broncos have welcomed nearly 70,000 visitors since their origin in the 1960s and continue to draw many visitors to their stadium Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The team has played in the Super Bowl eight times, winning in 1998, 1999 and 2015. In the 1980s and 1990s, one of former Mayor Federico Peña ‘s top priorities was to bring baseball to the city, an effort that resulted in the construction from Coors Field and the early Colorado Rockies in 1993. Also, the NHL ‘s Colorado Avalanche, a team that had first established itself in Quebec, have been playing in Denver since 1995. They have won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001 and play at Pepsi Center, which also houses the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Crush. The Colorado Rapids of the MLS play at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, an 18,000-capacity stadium in a Denver suburb of Commerce City. In 2006 Denver established a lacrosse team, the Denver Outlaws. They play at Invesco Field and are sanctioned by the MLL.
Denver hosted the Ice Hockey World Championships in 1962.
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Denver at night
- Aksum (Ethiopia), since 1995
- Brest (France), since 1948
- Chennai (India), since 1984
- Cuernavaca (Mexico), since 1983
- Karmiel (Israel), since 1977
- Kunming (China), since 1985
- Nairobi (Kenya), since 1975
- Potenza (Italy), since 1983
- Takayama (Japan), since 1960
- Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), since 2002
The twinning with Brest came about after Amanda Knight, a teacher at East High School, visited Brest in 1947, which was badly damaged in World War II. Back in Denver, she told the students about her experiences in the city, and the class raised $32,000 to help rebuild the pediatric ward at the Brest hospital. This gift was the basis of the partnership between Denver and Brest.
Born in Denver
- Douglas Fairbanks (1883-1939), actor, film producer and screenwriter
- Olin Howland (1886-1959), actor
- Joseph Walker (1892-1985), cinematographer and director of photography
- Eddie Eagan (1897-1967), boxer and bobsleigher
- Theodora Kroeber (1897-1979), writer, anthropologist
- Lincoln Stedman (1907-1948), actor
- Eddie Tolan (1908-1967), sprinter
- John Fante (1909-1983), writer
- Julie Bishop (1914-2001), actress
- Buddy Baer (1915-1986), boxer
- Teala Loring (1922-2007), actress
- Jack O’Neill (1923-2017), surfer, entrepreneur and founder of the O’Neill. brand
- Pat Hingle (1924-2009), actor
- Barbara Bates (1925-1969), actress
- Jerome Biffle (1928–2002), long jumper
- Corky Gonzales (1928–2005), boxer
- Jack Swigert (1931-1982), astronaut
- Gerald Carr (1932-2020), astronaut
- Debra Paget (1933), actress
- Gloria Romero (1933), Filipino actress
- John Hall (1934), physicist and Nobel laureate (2005)
- Lisa Gaye, (1935-2016), actress, singer and dancer
- Tom Bower (1938), actor and film producer
- Wayne Carson (1943-2015), songwriter
- Jan-Michael Vincent (1944-2019), actor
- Marty Cooper (1946), singer-songwriter
- John Lounge (1946-2011), astronaut
- Philip Bailey (1951), singer
- Tim Allen (1953), actor and comedian
- Michael J. Anderson (1953), actor
- Paul Romer (1955), economist, entrepreneur, activist and winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics.
- Ron Kiefel (1960), cyclist
- David Fincher (1962), film director
- Matt Bevin (1967), Governor of Kentucky
- Heather McAdam (1968), actress
- India.Arie (1975), singer, lyricist and guitarist
- Chauncey Billups (1976), basketball player
- Shannon Lucio (1980), actress
- Peter Scanavino (1980), actor
- Isaac Slade (1981), singer-songwriter and pianist; member of the rock group The Fray
- Sierra Boggess (1982), musical actress and opera singer
- Alexis Joyce (1983), athlete
- Eve Torres (1984), ex-wrestler
- Steven Christopher Parker (1989), actor
- AnnaSophia Robb (1993), actress
- Gregory Daniel (1994), cyclist
- Aaron Blunck (1996), freestyle skier
- Birk Irving (1999), freestyle skier