►How high in feet is Denver since they call it the mile high city?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    "Introduction to Denver

    It's no accident that Denver is called "the Mile High City": When you climb up to the State Capitol, you're precisely 5,280 feet above sea level when you reach the 18th step. Denver's location at this altitude was purely coincidental; Denver is one of the few cities that was not built on an ocean, lake, navigable river, or even on an existing road or railroad.

    In the summer of 1858, eager prospectors discovered a few flecks of gold where Cherry Creek empties into the shallow South Platte River, and a tent camp quickly sprang up on the site. (The first permanent structure was a saloon.) When militia Gen. William H. Larimer arrived in 1859, he claim-jumped the land on the east side of the Platte, laid out a city, and, hoping to gain political favors, named it after James Denver, governor of the Kansas Territory, which included this area. Larimer was not aware that Denver had recently resigned.

    Larimer's was one of several settlements on the South Platte. Three others also sought recognition, but Larimer, a shrewd man, had a solution. For the price of a barrel of whisky, he bought out the other would-be town fathers, and the name "Denver" caught on.

    Although the gold found in Denver was but a teaser for much larger strikes in the nearby mountains, the community grew as a shipping and trade center, in part because it had a milder climate than the mining towns it served. A devastating fire in 1863, a deadly flash flood in 1864, and American Indian hostilities in the late 1860s created many hardships. But the establishment of rail links to the east and the influx of silver from the rich mines to the west kept Denver going. Silver from Leadville and gold from Cripple Creek made Denver a showcase city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The U.S. Mint, built in 1906, established Denver as a banking and financial center.

    In the years following World War II, Denver mushroomed to become the largest city between the Great Plains and the Pacific Coast, with about 500,000 residents within the city limits and more than 2.5 million in the metropolitan area. Today, it's a sprawling and growing city, extending from the Rocky Mountain foothills on the west far into the plains to the south and east. Denver is noted for its dozens of tree-lined boulevards, 200 city parks that cover more than 20,000 acres, and architecture ranging from Victorian to sleek contemporary."

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  • Steven
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    1 decade ago

    The steps of the State Capitol building are marked as exactly one mile (5,280 feet) above sea level:

    http://www.denvergov.org/AboutDenver/today_factsgu...

    Additionally, the Denver International Airport is officially listed as 5,431 feet (1.03 miles) above sea level:

    http://www.airnav.com/airport/KDEN

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I've been to Denver and I drove by a sign and it said that Denver is like 9,000ft. above sea level.

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  • 1 decade ago

    5280 feet above sea level

    Source(s): http://www.milehighholidays.com/ has some Denver promos for $52.80. They use the number alot there.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is 5280 feet about sea level - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver

    Good Luck!!!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    god, your so stupid

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