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ID: 7013545
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Denver (inhabited place)  Denver (inhabited place)

Coordinates:
Lat: 39 44 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 39.7333  decimal degrees
Long: 104 59 00 W  degrees minutes   Long: -104.9833  decimal degrees

Note: Located where Great Plains and Rocky Mountains meet; was early stopping place for Amerindians, then for trappers and traders; was damaged in Indian Wars in 1860s; boomed with discoveries of gold and silver in 1870s-1880s; now hub of Western finance and business.

Names:
Denver (preferred,C,V)  ............ named for James W Denver, territorial governor in 1858
Mile High City (C,V)  ............ nicknamed for city's altitude of 1 mile above sea level
Denver City (H,V)  ............ name of Saint Charles changed to Denver City, which then became Denver
Auraria (H,V)  ............ from Latin for "gold"; formerly briefly called Placer Camp, it was consolidated into Denver City in 1860
St. Charles (H,V)  ............ replaced original name of Montana, subsequently was renamed Denver City
Placer Camp (H,V)  ............ original name for Auraria
Montana (H,V)  ............ original name for St. Charles
Saint Charles (C,V)
The Mexican Diggings (C,V)
The Spanish Diggings (C,V)

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of North and Central America (continent)  ....  North and Central America (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of United States (nation)  ........  United States (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of Colorado (state)  ............  Colorado (state) (P)
Hierarchy of Denver (county)  ................  Denver (county) (P)
Hierarchy of Denver (inhabited place)  ....................  Denver (inhabited place) (P)

Place Types:
inhabited place (preferred, C)  ............  site was known to Amerindians; town was founded by gold miners in 1858; joined 2 other villages to form Denver in 1860
city (C)  ............  is largest city between Missouri River & Pacific States
state capital (C)  ............  since 1876
county seat (C)
industrial center (C)  ............  for mining & scientific equipment, aerospace & rubber industries
commercial center (C)  ............  known for Denver Union Stockyards, major USA livestock market
transportation center (C)  ............  for air, road & especially railroad which aided economic boom of 1870s-1890s, exploding city's population
mining center (C)  ............  for gold, silver & coal
agricultural center (C)  ............  for cattle & sheep ranching, sugar beets & mixed farming
publishing center (C)  ............  site of publishing houses; mint produces most of nation's coins & houses 2nd largest gold depository in USA
oil field site (C)  ............  for oil & gas
tourist center (C)  ............  for Botanical Gardens, historical & art museums, winter sports, scenic Denver Mountain Parks & 150 city parks
educational center (C)  ............  for University of Denver (1864), for medical & extension centers of University of Colorado, & for a number of colleges
capital (H)  ............  of territory from 1867 to 1876, when Colorado became state
gold town (H)  ............  settled in "Pike's Peak or bust" gold rush beginning in 1858; further prospered with later gold discoveries

Related geographic places:
capital of ....  Colorado .......... (state)
..................  (World, North and Central America, United States) [7007158]

Sources and Contributors:
Auraria..........  [VP]
.................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) IV, 18
Denver..........  [BHA, FDA, GRLPSC, VP Preferred]
.................  Canby, Historic Places (1984) 1:237-238
.................  Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer (1961)
.................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) 4:18
.................  Library of Congress HABS/HAER (1987-)
.................  National Archives and Record Administration database (1987-)
.................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS8013872
.................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
.................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 326
Denver City..........  [VP]
.......................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) IV, 18
Mile High City..........  [VP]
.............................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) IV, 18
Montana..........  [VP]
.................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) IV, 18
Placer Camp..........  [VP]
.......................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) IV, 18
Saint Charles..........  [VP]
..........................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS8013872
St. Charles..........  [VP]
.......................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) IV, 18
The Mexican Diggings..........  [VP]
...................................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS8013872
The Spanish Diggings..........  [VP]
...................................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS8013872
Subject: .....  [BHA, FDA, GRLPSC, VP]
..................  Canby, Historic Places (1984) I, 237-238; 1:237-238
..................  Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer (1961)
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) IV, 18; 4:18
..................  Library of Congress HABS/HAER (1987-)
..................  National Archives and Record Administration database (1987-)
..................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS8013872
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 326
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]

 

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