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In the summer of 1858, a small group of prospectors from Georgia crossed the great plains of the Colorado Territory and made a region-changing discovery at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Gold. And although not much of the precious metal was found, the mere whisper of the word was enough to start a veritable stampede into the region.
- Denver is one of the few cities in history that was not built on a road, railroad, lake, navigable river or body of water when it was founded. It just happened to be where the first few flakes of gold were found in 1858.
- In 1893, while on top of nearby Pikes Peak, Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write the words to "America the Beautiful."
- Denver is one of only two cities in America with eight professional sports teams including the Broncos, Rockies, Nuggets, and Avalanche.
- Local boosters named the frontier mining camp on the South Platte River "Denver" after Kansas Territorial Governor James Denver in hopes of gaining political favor. Unfortunately, Denver had retired by the time they named the town.
- In 1935, the world’s first "cheeseburger" came off the grill at Louis Ballast’s Humpty Dumpty drive-in restaurant in Denver. The restaurant is gone now, but a small memorial to this historic dining event can be found at 2776 North Speer Blvd.