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Denver was established after the discovery of gold at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River in 1858. It was named for James W. Denver, Governor of the Kansas Territory, of which eastern Colorado was then a part. The Colorado Territory was established in 1861 after other gold discoveries sparked a mass migration to the area.
Sited on high plains at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains, Denver has a sunny, cool, dry climate,averaging 13 inches of precipitation a year. The sun shines 300 days a year and the usually benign climate coupled with the nearby Rocky Mountain playground have made tourism one of the Mile High City's economic mainstays. Warm Chinook winds warm the winters between snowstorms.
Visually, Denver is notable for its predominance of single-family housing and its brick buildings. Denver's 1970s energy boom spurred a proliferation of suburban subdivisions, shopping malls and a second office core in the suburban Denver Tech Center. Denver's traditional dependence on non-renewable natural resources returned to haunt the city during the 1980s oil bust. When the price of crude oil dropped from $39 to $9 a barrel, Denver sank into a depression, losing population and experiencing the highest office vacancy rate in the nation.
Notable institutions include the Denver Museum of Natural History, the Denver Public Library, the Colorado History Museum,the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the U. S. Mint along with major league baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer teams.
In 2000, the metro area reached a population of 2.1 million, three-fourths of whom live in the suburban counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson. Roughly twenty percent of the core city population is Spanish-surnamed, thirteen percent African-American, two percent Asian and one percent Native American. Denver has elected Hispanic and African-American mayors in recent years and enjoys cooperative race and ethnic relations.
The Rocky Mountain metropolis boomed during the1990s, as the eastern suburb of Aurora became Colorado's third-largest city and the western suburb of Lakewood became the fourth-largest. Even the core City and County of Denver gained population in the 1990s, climbing once again beyond the 500,000 mark. Thanks to landmark districts preserving venerable business and residential areas, as well as the 1990s opening of the South Platte River Valley of Coors Baseball Field, Elitch Gardens Amusement Park, Ocean Journey Aquarium, Pepsi Athletic Center, and many new housing projects, downtown Denver is booming as well as its suburban fringe.