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Travel Photo Thursday: Denver’s “Capitol Idea”

Travel Photo Thursday: Denver’s “Capitol Idea”

Henry Cordes Brown might have been one of early Denver’s most civic-minded residents.

In 1867 he donated ten acres of land on a hill rising gently above “downtown” Denver as the site on which a state capitol building would be constructed.

But he was no fool.

He rightly figured that the city “swells” would want to build their mansions up on Brown’s Bluff, too.

However, it would take twenty-five years before the Colorado State Capitol Building would be completed, a year after Brown lost his fortune in the Panic of 1893.

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Travel Photo Thursday: Denver’s Photographic “Icon”

Travel Photo Thursday: Denver’s Photographic “Icon”

Colosseum
(Madprime Flickr Photostream)

Photographic “icons” make the identity of cities around the world.

Here are a few of the best known of these:

  • Paris: The Eiffel Tower
  • Rome: The Colosseum
  • San Francisco: The Golden Gate Bridge
  • Seattle: The Space Needle

But Denver’s got one, too.

It’s an animal.

A very, very large animal.

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Travel Photo Thursday: Rockin’ at “Red Rocks”

Travel Photo Thursday: Rockin’ at “Red Rocks”

The Great Depression presented President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a monumental problem: How to get Americans back to work and the country’s economy kick-started back to life.

One approach he took was to have the Civilian Conservation Corps build monumental amphitheaters for the performing arts.

For over 40 years, I’ve hiked around and watched plays in one such place: The Mountain Theater atop Mount Tamalpais, in my backyard, just north of San Francisco.

In all that time, I assumed that this outdoor venue carved out of the mountain side near my home was the only CCC project of its kind. But I was wrong.

There’s an even bigger, bolder one, where rock stars rock their brains out playing: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater.

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