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Denver is the capital city of Colorado, and the state's largest city. The city sits on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains.

Denver was founded in 1859, during the Colorado Gold Rush, as two distinct communities, Auraria and St Charles. St Charles was renamed Denver City in 1858 after territorial governor James W. Denver; Auraria and Denver City merged in 1860 to form modern Denver.[1]

In sports, Denver is home to the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, the NFL's Denver Broncos, MLB's Colorado Rockies, and the NBA's Denver Nuggets.


  1. Concise Dictionary of World Place-Names (Oxford 2005) p134

See Also

Denver Colorado Temple