Denver is called “The Mile High City” because its altitude (from the steps of the Colorado State Capitol) is exactly 5,280 feet (or one mile) above sea level. What’s not immediately obvious until one visits Denver is that the city itself is incredibly flat. Denver was essentially built where the American plains encounter the Rocky Mountains. It is from the Rockies that one can see how level the city is. From its geographic location, many opine that Denver is gigantic city located in the middle of. . .well. . .nowhere.
In spite of its location, Denver is by no means an insignificant city. Denver is the 26th largest city in the USA, and one of the three headquarters of the U.S. MInt. The Denver branch of the Mint is the single largest producer of coins in the world. The city also has a home team for every major sport in the nation (Football: Denver Broncos; Baseball: Colorado Rockies; Basketball; Denver Nuggets; and Hockey: Colorado Avalanche). Denver also has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks within city limits and 20,000 acres of parks in Rocky Mountains. Also, a very unknown fact about Denver is that it has 300+ days of sunshine a year, exceeding both San Diego and Miami. (In terms of weather alone, it is the opposite of my current residence of Seattle)!
I lived and worked in Denver for three years while attending graduate school at the University of Denver, located a few miles south of downtown. Alas, Denver is another American city that was home during a period of my life. TiA International Photography is obliged to portray the city proudly!
Have a great weekend, friends.