Denver Skyline

Learn about the history and culture of Denver and Colorado before you attend the 2022 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (CLEC), March 14-16. Postcards from Denver are presented by the CLEC Host Committee.

Colorado State Capitol

Colorado State Capitol

The City of Denver is Colorado’s capital and largest city. Its elevation is 5,280 feet (1,609 meters) above sea level at the State Capitol, and thus has the nickname of the “Mile High City.” It is located just east of the Rocky Mountains.

Three communities were united in 1860 to form Denver. Auraria was established on the west side, Denver City was founded on the east, and the townsite of Highland was created on the bluffs to the north. The communities were united in April 1860, selecting the name that honored Kansas Territorial Governor James Denver.

The search for gold brought the area’s first permanent settlement in 1858. During the 1870s and ’80s, silver became more important than gold. Mining fortunes were created almost overnight. This period of opulence ended in 1893 with the crash of the silver markets. Farming, cattle and sheep ranching, and tourism began to provide a more stable economy. Railroads brought in sugar beets, wheat, cattle, and hogs, and Denver became a food processing center.

The Denver metropolitan area spreads into the Rocky Mountain Foothills to the west of the city and the high plains surrounding it on the other three sides. People of European descent constitute the majority of Denver’s population, but those of Hispanic ancestry (particularly Mexican) comprise an increasing one-third of its residents; a relatively small proportion (about one-tenth) are African Americans, with even smaller numbers of Asians and Native Americans.

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Photo credits:

Denver Skyline (above): VISIT DENVER

Colorado State Capitol: Rebecca Todd