The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is the country's most prized bell. Believe it or not, there are 57 US Treasury Bells located across the United States, and luckily, Denver contains one of them. The bell is located in the lower lawns of the Colorado State Capitol Building in Lincoln Park.
1313 Sherman Avenue
Known as Denver's oldest and most historic block, today, Larimer Square consists of a variety of chic restaurants, modern cafes and chic boutiques. In 1858, General Larimer built Denver's first residential street with doors made from coffins in the once known town named Auraria. Larimer founded Denver on November 22, 1858, and eventually Auraria was annexed into Denver in 1860. The square is popular amongst tourists and locals alike. A historic walking tour is available to discover the square's dark and seedy past. Walkers explore a variety of popular sites such as the Kettle Arcade, Granite Building and the Noel Building.
Capitol Hill Neighborhood
The Capitol Hill Neighborhood of Denver features a variety of historic homes. Dotted with Victorian homes and bed and breakfasts, the most notable home in the neigborhood is the Molly Brown House. Brown, a social activist and philanthropist. The house avoided demolition thanks to the preservation of the local historical group in the 1970's. During the 60's, officials and real estate moguls demolished many of the historic homes and buildings in the area. Capitol Hill was the neighborhood for the wealthy, and still today, one discovers a variety of beautiful churches, Victorian homes and mansions. Today, many trendy bars and restaurants occupy the retail spaces.
Auraria 9th Street Historic District
This surviving block of Victorian era homes displays the modest Victorian structures built between 1873 to 1905. The preservation group of the 1970's saved the homes from being demolished.
The Buckhorn Exchange
This is Denver's longest operating restaurant and is also the city's original steakhouse. Serving old western fare since 1893, the restaurant displays a 125-piece gun collection alongside a 575-piece collection of taxidermy animals. This is not a place for animal lovers, but is part of Denver's historical past.
Union Station is located in Denver's LoDo, or Lower Downtown area. The building itself is a 100-year old landmark situated in the heart of Downtown Denver. The station features an array of the city's most prized restaurants, bars, pubs and shops. That actual station is a multi-modal hub allowing locals and visitors to access the city and distant destinations via Amtrak, bus or light rail.
The Oxford Hotel
Located a stone's throw away from Union station is Denver's most historic hotel. As the oldest hotel in the city, doors opened in 1891 and still welcomes guests today.
Daniel and Fischer Tower
Built in 1911, this tower was once the largest building to exist west of the Mississippi. At 325 feet in height, the structure contains a 2.5 ton bell above its observation deck. Guided tours of the building are available, and features a visit to the observation deck. Here guests enjoy a bird's eye view of the city and panoramic scenes of the nearby mountains. The tour includes many tower tales with the opportunity to walk up the spiral stair case to the bell.
Located in the civic center, this architectural wonder has been in operation since 1894. In 1908, gold was added to the dome in honor of the Colorado Gold Rush since the gold leaf was mined in the state. One fun fact is that the 13th step of the west entrance is exactly at one mile high.
Founded in 1893 as the Denver's Artist Club, the DAM now displays a 70,000 art piece collection in a 350,000 square foot space. This is where travelers learn the most about southwestern Indians.
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