A little less than a decade after the CA Gold Rush, Denver Colorado was actually seeing a rush of its own.
The South Platte River became the place to be for guys trying to gain their fortune.
It is fun to imagine covered wagons and rustic cabins lining the edges of the river that is so strange nowadays. Pikes Peak, where you can take a train today – up about 8,000 miles or so, became the scene for guys and their families hoping to make it rich with another gold rush. Even though there were all types of hard times to come for those original frontiersmen, they held tough, and as a result, we have a lovely and attractive town nicknamed the Mile High City… Just like lots of other western frontiers, a few guys came to not only look for gold but to just stake a claim for some good land. Americans have always been a people looking for ways to forge their own ways, and back in the 18th century, Denver provided all sorts of opportunity. In 1861, roughly a hundred years after those first prospectors from GA showed up in what we now call Denver, the US government actually recognized the section by creating the Territory of Colorado. Not too much later, Colorado was admitted into the Union, respectfully, by President Ulysses S. Grant. And just three years after that, the Denver Telephone Dispatch Company was created. Embracing modern ideas even then, Denver has made it through extreme weather, wars, fires, floods, and other wild disasters throughout the years. Today, that same spirit of openness can be discovered among Denverites who openly embrace all kinds of people and vote in welcoming laws, including the legalization of cannabis approximately a decade ago.