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29 July 2019

Exploring The Mile-High City- Denver

Established in 1858, Denver was originally founded as a mining town. Shortly after its establishment, the gold dried up and Denver transitioned into a major hub in supplying the mines that were forming in the surrounding mountains. In a 30-year period, Denver went from 0 population to over 200,000 due to the gold rush.

Exploring The Mile-High City- Denver

 

Established in 1858, Denver was originally founded as a mining town. Shortly after its establishment, the gold dried up and Denver transitioned into a major hub in supplying the mines that were forming in the surrounding mountains. In a 30-year period, Denver went from 0 population to over 200,000 due to the gold rush. In that time period, Denver experienced some of the craziest events in the wild west. Artifacts from that time period can be found in museums, old mining sites and hundreds of the old Victorian buildings scattered throughout the city. 

Today, Denver is often referred to as the Mile-High city due to its elevation, 5,280 feet, exactly one mile above sea level. With its elevation and over 200 parks within the city limits, Denver is perfect to explore by e-bike! 

We started our ride off at Confluence park in downtown Denver where the South Platte river meets Cherry Creek.  Located in the area is also the Original REI building and other 19thcentury brick warehouses.

 

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Thanks to the cities 200+ miles of bike lanes and paths, we were able to ride from the river to Bronco Stadium, straight to downtown Denver. With plans to build over 150 more miles of bike paths in the coming years, Denver continues to be a very bike friendly city.   

 

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We the rode past Union Station which had been through a complete rebuild after a fire in 1881 and finished in 1914.  In 2012 the station was completely renovated and is the centerpiece in downtown Denver.

 

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Denver’s bike friendly lights show you how supportive they are of outdoor recreation and alternative forms of transportation. 

 We then rode through the Graffiti covered alleys of the RINO district. This area has street are on nearly every Corner. An influential annual mural event is held every September called the Colorado crush street art festival

 

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Finally, after a long day of exploration, we rode to Denver Beer Company to enjoy some well-deserved fresh brewed beers. There is so much more to see in Denver, like catching a baseball game or going to the aquarium, so it won’t be our last time out exploring on our STEPS bikes!

 

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