Denver is the largest city in Colorado. It is also the state capital. It is located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains at the junction of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek.
The city was born in 1858, when gold was discovered in the sands of Cherry Creek, at first just a tough village of cabins, shacks, and tents.The city became the territorial capital in 1867. The city is named after James W. Denver, governor of the Kansas Territory. The city prospered following the opening of the famous gold and silver mines.
Denver plays an important role in communications, transportation, manufacturing, and agribusiness hub. Telecommunications and biomedical technology are two of the largest industries; construction, real estate, and retail trade are among the fastest-growing industries. The city is also home to many environmental organizations, including federal government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Denver International Airport opened to passenger traffic in 1995. It is the largest airport in North America.
The city's tourist destination include the Denver Zoo, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the Coors Brewery, and nearby Rocky Mountain National Park,the Six Flags Elitch Gardens amusement park.