14 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Denver
From the outside, Denver may seem like just another big city that happens to be by some mountains. But, it turns out that Denver has quite the history and a bunch of interesting facts you probably didn’t know about.
Here we go –
- Denver is home to the 10th largest downtown area in the United States.
- At just over 26 miles long, Colfax Avenue, one of the main streets in downtown Denver, is the longest continuous street in the country.
- Denver is one of the sunniest states in the US, as they average 300 sunny days a year.
- Louis Ballast, owner of the Humpty Dumpty Barrel Drive-In, invented the cheeseburger in 1935. Thank you Louis!
- Denver loves food, as the first Chipotle Mexican Grill, Noodles & Co and Smashburger were all opened there.
6. The city sits one mile above sea level, making golf balls, baseballs and footballs all fly 10% farther than normal. It also means that alcohol hits you about twice as fast. For real.
7. A city had never turned down hosting the Olympics until Denver did in 1976, and a city hasn’t since.
8. The first male cheerleader for the Denver Broncos was none other than Robin Williams, when he dressed up in the sparkly uniform and cheered for a game as a stunt for his TV show, Mork & Mindy. Nanu-Nanu!
9. Over 200 named mountain peaks are visible from the city of Denver.
10. Denver is home to over 14,000 acres of mountain parks and 2,500 acres of natural areas.
11. The state capitol building’s dome is plated with real 24K gold.
12. The Denver International Airport is the largest in the country in terms of land area. In fact, four of the other largest airports in the country (Heartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, O’Hare International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport) could all actually fit inside.
13. The Denver Mint is the single largest producer of coins in the entire world, as they produce over 40 million a day. A coin that was made there often has a D on the front.
14. Denver’s current mayor, Michael Hancock, was a Broncos mascot when he was 17.