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The city of Denver is founded in Colorado and named for the territorial governor

Denver, Colorado, 1859
11/22/1858
Having arrived from Leavenworth in Kansas at the head of a party of immigrants just six days before, William Larimer laid out a claim for a new town across Cherry Creek from the new mining settlement of Auraria. He shrewdly named the new settlement after the sitting territorial governor, James Denver, and before another week had elapsed, the energetic new arrivals had organized a full city council. This began Denver's dominance over the other towns that had grown up in Colorado after the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Clyde Lyndon King, The History of the Government of Denver: With Special Reference to Its Relations with Public Service Corporations (Denver, CO: Fisher Book Company, 1911), 8-9.

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