Landmarks in the Denver Colorado Area

Denver is not only the capital of Colorado, it is a city where old meets new. Denver is rich in culture and history. To mark its history, Denver has many interesting landmarks.

*Molly Brown House. Margaret “Molly” Brown is well known for being one of the survivors of the Titanic shipwreck. Molly Brown was a socialite and a member of several organizations including ones fighting for women’s rights and social reform. She was known as a very outgoing person and even ran for a seat in the state senate in 1901. Her Denver home is now a museum open to the public.  

*State Capital Building. The Denver State Capitol building is home to the state government of Colorado. It was built in the 1890’s. To commemorate the Colorado Gold Rush days, the dome of the Capitol building was plated in twenty-four carat gold in 1908. The Capitol has many unique features like the interior being constructed of the rare Colorado Rose Onyx. The common name for Colorado Rose Onyx is Beulah Red Marble, which is named for the city where it was discovered. Another unique feature is the dome itself. The 180 foot tall dome contains stained glass dedicated to the sixteen original founders of the city of Denver.  

*Larimer Square. This area is Denver’s oldest and most historic block. Larimer Square is known for its many restaurants and entertainment establishments. Larimer street is Denver’s original main street and was saved from demolition in the 1960’s. Larimer Square is also Denver’s first historic district as of 1971.  

*U.S. Mint. The Denver branch of the U.S. Mint was built in 1863. The mint offers tours and has a gift shop.

*4 Mile House. Built in 1859, the 4 Mile House was the last stop heading west to Denver. In 1860 it was sold to Mary Cawker. She ran a stage stop out of it from 1860-1864. This was the last place to water horses, get a meal and a bed for the night before reaching Denver. In 1975, the city of Denver purchased the house and surrounding twelve acres and designated it a park. The house was restored and the park opened to the public in 1978. The house is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

*Brown Palace Hotel. This luxury hotel has been in operation since August 12, 1892. The Brown Palace is located in downtown Denver and offers everything from personal butler service to being driven around in the hotel Mercedes. The hotel’s builder, Henry Brown, made a name for himself by donating the land for the Denver Capitol building. He also donated the first one thousand dollars toward the building of the city’s first library.

Denver is full of historic landmarks and museums. There is something of interest for just about anyone who visits Colorado’s Mile High City.