is the only state ever to turn down the Olympics. In 1972, they
stunned the world when residents said they didn't want the 1976 Winter
Olympics. In a landmark vote on November 7th, 1972, the voters said by
a 62% percent majority that they were unwilling to host the Olympics
because of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on
the State Of
and the City of Denver.
Guests stayed in Denver hotels at their own risk until the first hotel
with locks on the doors opened in 1872. Reported one newspaper at the
time: "Guests may lie down to peaceful slumbers, undisturbed by
apprehensions of getting their heads blown off."
The Smuggler II Mine near Aspen produced the largest silver nugget in
the world in 1894. It weighed more than a ton.
has one of the only working diamond mines in the United States near
has almost as many dead towns (about 500) as live ones (650). Mining
booms and busts left the mountains littered with more than 300
that fascinate locals and tourists. The eastern plains and western
canyon lands are also haunted by more than 200
In 1863, one of Nevadaville's mines, the
Pat Casey (later the Ophir), was sold to Wall Street speculators.
Stock shares of Nevadaville's mines were thus the first of any
corporation to be quoted on the Big Board.
Millions of cattle came north along the Goodnight-Loving Trail, a
19th-century route from
The Buckhorn Saloon (est. 1860s) holds Denver Liquor License #1.
largest building made out of ice in North America was built in
in 1895. It covered more than 3 acres, with towers as high as 90 feet.
Shaped like a medieval castle, it had two ballrooms and a
16,000-square-foot skating rink.
Ice Palace opened January 1, 1896 but was forced to close two months
later because of unseasonably warm weather. To read all about the
Ice Palace click
youngest prisoner was 11-year-old Antone Woode, convicted in 1893 for
murdering a neighbor. He served 12 years.
President Theodore Roosevelt signed his name
in hotel registration books all over
Among them: Denver's Oxford Hotel and the Brown Palace and the Beaumont
Hotel in Ouray. It was during his stay at the Hotel
Glenwood Springs that the Teddy Bear was allegedly invented, when
some hotel maids sewed and stuffed a toy bear for the president to cheer
him up after a fruitless grizzly hunt.