September 5, 2004
On the high plains at the base of the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the Mile High City rose up on the hopes of gold miners, who founded the city in 1858 after the discovery of gold in the waters at the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. Denver, Colorado, quickly became a hub for the mining towns to the west and the agricultural interests on the plains to the east. Unhindered by any major body of water or topographic feature to the north, south, or east the city has expanded in all directions, even creeping up the foothills to the west of town. In the image above, the view is toward the west, over the city (foreground) and high into the Rockies (background). The landscape has changed dramatically since the days of the Arapaho and Cheyenne, when buffalo would have grazed over seemingly endless expanses of shortgrass prairie.
Topics: Black Hills War, Comanche Campaign, Algonquian peoples, Park County, Colorado, Shortgrass prairie, South Platte River, Platte River, Arapaho, Plains tribes, CHEYENNE, Colorado, Denver