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Top Historical Spots In Denver

June 18, 2012 6:00 AM

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(credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

(credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Denver was founded in 1858 as a mining town during the big gold rush to the west. Today, Denver sits proudly as the capitol of the State of Colorado and the 27th most populous city in the United States (according to the 2010 census). Yet the real beauty and charm of Denver exists in its colorful and rich historic tapestry. There are so many historic sites in Denver that it is a difficult task to pick just a few. However, these five sites serve as rich reminders of the deep and varied past of the beautiful city of Denver, Colorado.
mollybrown house Top Historical Spots In Denver

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Molly Brown House Museum
1340 Pennsylvania St
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-4092
www.mollybrown.org

Molly Brown is one of Denver’s most famous former residents. Of course, she is most known for surviving the sinking of the Titanic, earning her the nickname the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown. Throughout her life, she was a tireless philanthropist, activist and well-known socialite, and she has been the subject of many productions on film, stage and television. Molly’s historic home was built in 1889 and was owned by Molly until her death in 1932. The home is fully restored to its original Victorian beauty and it has many different tours and exhibits available; including a feature on Molly Brown and the Titanic, honoring the 100th anniversary of that fateful night. The Molly Brown House is a piece of Denver history, and it is certainly something that everyone must find time to visit.

Related: Guide to Colorado’s National Monuments and Historic Sites

coloradostatecapitol Top Historical Spots In Denver

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Colorado State Capitol
200 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 866-2604
www.colorado.gov

The Capitol Building is iconic to the Denver landscape, and it is a stunning piece of architectural and historical significance. Built in 1886, it is most known for its beautiful, 24-carat gold-plated dome. There are many exhibits throughout the building including murals, carved statues and brilliant stained-glass windows. It offers three different tours for curious history and legislative buffs. There is a historic tour covering Colorado history, highlighting the construction of the Capitol, the stained-glass windows, women’s gold tapestry and presidential portraits. There is also a tour of Mr. Brown’s Attic; an exhibit area between the third floor and the dome. It is an area solely devoted to the early history of Colorado and features an interactive children’s space. Lastly, there is also a 45-minute Legislative Tour that is geared for school groups and visiting students.

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denver mint Top Historical Spots In Denver

Inside the Denver Mint in 2011 (credit: CBS)

United States Mint
320 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 405-4761
www.usmint.gov

There are only six United States Mint facilities in the country, and Denver is the lucky home of one. A tour of the Denver Mint is a fascinating experience that covers the history of the Mint, present state of coin manufacturing and the original craftsmanship required at all stages of the minting process. It is an important location in the history of Denver and the entire country. Of course, since this is the Mint, the security regulations are more strict, so leave those purses, handbags, strollers and water bottles in the car.

byers evans museum Top Historical Spots In Denver

The Byers-Evans Museum (credit: CBS)

The Byers-Evans House Museum
1310 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 620-4933
www.historycolorado.org

The Byers-Evans House was built in 1883 for William N. Byers, the editor and printer of Denver’s first newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News. The home stands today as a stunning example of historic life in Denver in the early 20th century. There are many different guided tours available covering the families that owned the home and their involvement in Denver’s development. In addition to the guided tours, be sure to check out the Byers-Evans House Theatre Company, which is dedicated to bringing original productions that take place in the home itself, amidst the Evans’ original furnishings.

Related: Top Women’s History Spots in Denver

Brown Palace

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Brown Palace Hotel
321 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 297-3111
www.brownpalace.com

The Brown Palace Hotel has been known throughout the country for its grandeur and elegance. Operating continuously since 1892, this regal hotel is full of history. It was built by Henry Cordes Brown, a real-estate entrepreneur from Ohio. He had made a fortune in real estate and was best known for donating the land for the State Capitol building. No expense was spared in the construction of the Brown Palace Hotel, as architect Frank E. Edbrooke was hired to design the stunning location. Guided tours are available every Wednesday and Saturday at 3 p.m. Tours will recount the general history of the Brown Palace and share many interesting anecdotes from the building’s tremendous Denver history.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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