July 20, 2012

0283 UNITED STATES (Colorado) - Denver's Civic Center Park

Colorado is one of only three U.S. states with boundaries defined solely by lines of latitude and longitude, the others being neighboring Wyoming and Utah. It was organized as the Territory of Colorado in 1861, incorporating portion of the Kansas Territory, Nebraska Territory, New Mexico Territory, and Utah Territory, strongly controlled by the Ute and Shoshoni tribes. Because was admitted to the Union, as the 38th state, in 1876, the centennial year of the United States Declaration of Independence, it's called also Centennial State.

Located in the center of the Front Range Urban Corridor, between the Rocky Mountains to the west and the High Plains to the east, Denver City was founded in 1858 as a mining town during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush in western Kansas Territory, and was named like that by the land speculator William Larimer to curry favor with Kansas Territorial Governor James W. Denver. Known as "The Mile-High City", because is situated at an altitude of 1,600m (about a mile) above sea level, Denver is also the most sunshine of any US state.   

The Civic Center Park, built in Classical style, with numerous monuments, is located in the heart of Denver and was officially opened in 1919. Round the park are the principal administrative buildings of the state of Colorado, and along its north side runs Colfax Avenue, the city's principal traffic artery. At the forefront can be seen a triangle column, and in the distant plan is Denver's City & County Building, completed in 1932, after a 30-year process to define the Civic Center as the heart of city government and its cultural center. It is symmetrically aligned with the primary axis of the park and with the State Capitol, from which was made the picture.

About the stamp, features a photograph by James Amos of the beautiful countryside of Lancaster County, I wrote here.

Colorado – Wikipedia
Denver – Wikitravel
Civic Center, Denver – Wikipedia
Civic Center, Denver – Civic Center Conservancy

sender: Tammy / Mopothoper (postcrossing)
sent from Colorado Springs (Colorado / United States), on 18.06.2012
photo: Jack Olson

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