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5 Facts About Colorado's Capital: How Well Do You Know Denver?

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By    |   Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 09:42 PM

Located on the banks of the South Platte River at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Denver was founded in November 1858 as a gold-mining town. But exploring facts about Colorado’s capital determines that the gold quickly dried up, and the city changed to become a supply hub for new mines in the mountains.

Denver grew rapidly becoming the new county seat of Arapahoe County and eventually the state capital. Below are five fun facts about Denver you may not know:

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1. If you think people in Denver are a happy bunch, it may be due to the weather. Denver is one of the sunniest cities in America, ranking 30th on a list by the National Climatic Data Center that shows the city is sunny on 68 percent of all days. 

Research shows that when the human brain detects sunlight, our bodies produce serotonin, a chemical that promotes happiness and well-being, according to Healthline.

2. Because it’s a mile above sea level, baseballs for games at Coors Field in Denver are kept in a humidor to keep them from drying out and hardening. Colorado manager Clint Hurdle told USA Today they had discovered the balls were smaller and traveling farther.

"For a long time, it was unbeknownst to us. We would go, 'Oooh! and 'Ahh!' and watch them go. And everybody that came to the plate was homer ready," said Hurdle. 

Since the humidor room was put into use at Coors Field, team batting averages have dropped 8 to 10 percent and home runs have dropped 20 to 25 percent yearly, MLB Reports said.

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3. The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly one mile high above sea level, Denver.com said. The building was constructed in the 1890s and has a gold dome to commemorate the gold rush.

4. There is a lot of outdoor fun to be had in Denver which has the largest city park system in the nation. You can use the days of sunshine every year to enjoy 205 parks in city limits and 14,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains, the Denver Real Estate blog said.

5. Denver is the only city ever to refuse the chance to host the Olympics after winning the privilege. In 1976, it was selected to host the Winter Games, but Colorado residents voted against paying the costs. City leaders are currently looking at the option of putting in a bid for the 2022 Olympics, a website devoted to the subject said.

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Denver was founded in November 1858 as a gold-mining tow, but the gold quickly dried up and the city changed to become a supply hub. Denver grew rapidly, becoming the new county seat of Arapahoe County and eventually the state capital. Below are five fun facts about Denver you may not know:
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