I went to Denver, the State Capitol of Colorado in 2011 on my first escorted coach tour.
It was the starting point for my National Monuments & Parks tour. I went on a sightseeing trip in & around Denver & in a short time saw many interesting places.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Red Rocks Amphitheater is a naturally formed, world-famous outdoor venue just fifteen miles west of Denver.
In the first decade of the twentieth century, John Brisben Walker had a vision of artists performing on a stage nestled in the perfectly acoustic surroundings of Red Rocks, which were probably used by the Ute tribe in earlier times. Walker produced a number of concerts between 1906 & 1910 on a temporary platform & from his dream, the history of Red Rocks as an entertainment venue began. In addition to the platform, Walker also built the Mount Morrison Cable Incline funicular railway which carried tourists from a base at what is today the parking lot of the amphitheatre up to enjoy the view from the top of Mount Morrison.
Geologically, the rocks surrounding the amphitheatre are representative of the Fountain Formation. Originally the place was known as the 'Garden of the Angels' (1870s-1906), then as 'Garden of the Titans' during the Walker years (1906–1928). The park, however, had always been known by the folk name of 'Red Rocks', which became its formal name when Denver acquired it in 1928. The amphitheatre's rocks are named 'Creation Rock' on the north, 'Ship Rock' on the south & 'Stage Rock' to the east. Red Rocks Amphitheatre was designed by Denver architect Burnham Hoyt.
In 1927, George Cranmer, Manager of Denver Parks, convinced the City of Denver to purchase the area of Red Rocks from Walker for the price of $54,133. Cranmer convinced Benjamin Franklin Stapleton, the Mayor of Denver, Colorado, to build on the foundation laid by Walker. By enlisting the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps & Works Progress Administration, labour & materials were provided for the venture. Construction of the amphitheatre began in 1936 and was completed in 1941.
The Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave.
On June 3, 1917, Buffalo Bill was buried on Lookout Mountain, a promontory with spectacular views of both the mountains & plains, places where he had spent the happiest times of his life.
Central Park is an 80-acre area that has sports fields, extensive paths, picnic & grill areas, a playground & a pond. Here we also saw a monument to Martin Luther King Jr.
Denver Capital Building.
We went to Denver Capital Building & had a look around inside the building & outside on the grounds. This is where the famous steps are with the 'mile-high' marker.
Photos from my visit to Denver, Colorado.
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