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Aug 7, 2022 - Sun
Denver, US
overcast clouds
81°F overcast clouds
Wind 2 mph, NE
Humidity 44%
Pressure 756.06 mmHg
Day Cond. Temp. Wind Humidity PressurePres.
sun aug 7
moderate rain
84/65°F 19 mph, S 38% 759.81 mmHg
mon aug 8
sky is clear
86/77°F 12 mph, SSE 30% 760.56 mmHg
tue aug 9
sky is clear
87/84°F 16 mph, E 29% 760.56 mmHg
wed aug 10
sky is clear
89/84°F 12 mph, E 21% 762.07 mmHg
thu aug 11
sky is clear
90/83°F 15 mph, SSE 19% 761.31 mmHg

 

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Not as robust as the proposal President Joe Biden once envisioned to rebuild America's public infrastructure and family support systems, the Democrats' compromise of health care, climate change and deficit-reduction strategies is still a substantial undertaking.
Author: Lisa Mascaro
Posted: August 7, 2022, 10:52 pm
Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage Sunday, a hard-fought compromise less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original domestic vision but one that still meets deep-rooted party goals of slowing global warming, moderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations.
Author: Alan Fram, Lisa Mascaro
Posted: August 7, 2022, 10:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Over five decades in Washington, Joe Biden knew that the way to influence was to be in the room where it happens. But in the second year of his presidency, some of Biden’s most striking, legacy-defining legislative victories came about by staying out of it.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: August 7, 2022, 10:44 pm
The Orioles manager had been standing on the top step of the dugout, waiting for a verdict on a play at the plate. And after a conference between umpires resulted in the decision to overturn the original call, Hyde came out to appeal the play at the plate— which was a key turning point in an eventual 8-1 series-finale loss in which the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided a...
Author: Tribune News Service
Posted: August 7, 2022, 10:19 pm
After two weeks of practicing against themselves, the Dolphins are headed to Tampa for a week, which will feature two days of joint practices against the Buccaneers and Saturday’ s exhibition opener. It should provide the Dolphins a measuring stick of where the team is against a playoff-caliber opponent, one with a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Tom Brady, who...
Author: Tribune News Service
Posted: August 7, 2022, 9:44 pm
But through two weeks of training camp, Dolphins tight ends have been largely invisible as pass-catching targets. Others in Durham Smythe, Adam Shaheen, Hunter Long and Cethan Carter have been quiet, too. Dolphins tight ends coach Jon Embree said Gesicki’ s fewer targets early in camp was largely coverage-dictated, dependent on what the defense has done, while...
Author: Tribune News Service
Posted: August 7, 2022, 9:23 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect late Sunday in a bid to end nearly three days of violence that killed dozens of Palestinians and disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: August 7, 2022, 8:50 pm
If Bobby Bonilla understands anything, it’ s how to make someone rich for many years. In a recent auction, somebody purchased the deferred compensation agreement for $180,000, per ESPN. As part of their prize, the auction winner will also take part in 30- minute Zoom calls with Bonilla and a separate chat with Dennis Gilbert, the agent who made Bonilla’ s deferment...
Author: Tribune News Service
Posted: August 7, 2022, 8:40 pm
ST. LOUIS— Frankie Montas’ Yankees debut was not one for the highlight reel. Montas, who had not pitched since July 26, gave up one in the first on an RBI single to Nolan Arenado and five in the second inning capped by an Arenado three-run home run. Montas, who joined the team after Saturday night’ s game, met with catcher Jose Trevino for the first time at the team hotel that...
Author: Tribune News Service
Posted: August 7, 2022, 8:35 pm
Turkey must be on the dinner menu at Tua Tagovailoa’ s house because the quarterback spent most of Sunday’ s practice carving up the Miami Dolphins defense. His most beautiful pass of the day, which would have been a long-ball connection with receiver Tyreek Hill, who got behind cornerback Xavien Howard, didn’ t even count because Hill stepped out of bounds on the...
Author: Tribune News Service
Posted: August 7, 2022, 8:05 pm

 

History of Denver, Colorado

In the summer of 1858, a small group of prospectors from Georgia crossed the great plains of the Colorado Territory and made a region-changing discovery at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Gold. And although not much of the precious metal was found, the mere whisper of the word was enough to start a veritable stampede into the region. After all, the California Gold Rush had occurred just nine years earlier.

The legendary Buffalo Bill Cody was one of the many colorful characters who spent time in Denver during its early Wild West days.

It wasn’t long before tents, tepees, wagons, lean-tos, and crudely constructed log cabins lined the banks of the South Platte River as prospectors and fortune-seekers poured into the area. They came from all over the country, traveling on foot, in covered wagons, by horseback, and even pushing their belongings in wheelbarrows. Pikes Peak, a 14,000-foot mountain to the south of the mining camp served as both a landmark and a rallying cry for weary travelers. The “Pikes Peak or Bust!” gold rush was in full force.

However, gold wasn’t the only way to strike it rich in the boomtown that was springing up on the banks of the South Platte. Those who arrived early enough could simply stake out a claim of land, lay out city streets, and then sell the lots to those arriving after them. General William H. Larimer didn’t arrive early but followed the plan perfectly. He claim-jumped the land on the eastern side of Cherry Creek, laid out a city and, in hopes of gaining political favor, named the city after Kansas Territorial governor James Denver. What he didn’t know was that Denver had already resigned.

After the Civil War, the all Black military units known as the Buffalo Soldiers were stationed in and around the Mile High City.

By the spring of 1859, there were cities on both sides of the South Platte. The situation was tenuous and filled with confusion, as tensions between the cities grew and nearly led to bloodshed. Horace Greeley described the rapidly growing metropolis as a “log city of 150 dwellings, not three-fourths completed nor two-thirds inhabited, nor one-third fit to be.” Finally, a torch-lit meeting was held, and on the one bridge over Cherry Creek, for the price of a barrel of whiskey, all other names were dropped and the settlement in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains came to be known as Denver.

Just when people began settling into their new lives in Denver, a huge gold strike was discovered in the nearby mountain town of Central City. And as quickly as they came to Denver, the fortune-seekers packed up and headed to the hills – leaving the city nearly deserted. Gradually, people returned to Denver as they battled harsh weather conditions in the mountains, figuring there were better ways to make their fortune. They were the first to discover and enjoy the mild, year-round climate Denver had to offer and began growing the city as a trade center.

Like any city, Denver suffered its growing pains in its early years. During the Civil War, a Confederate army from Texas marched on the state in hopes of seizing the gold fields. A volunteer army was hastily put together in Denver and, although they were hardly trained and badly outnumbered, they managed to defeat the Rebels from Texas at the Battle of Glorietta Pass, saving Colorado for the Union. And that was just the beginning of the challenges the city would face.

A great fire burned much of Denver’s business district to the ground in 1863. The following year, a flash flood swept down Cherry Creek, killing 20 people and causing a million dollars in damage. And shortly after that, an Indian war broke out, cutting stage stations and supply lines and leaving Denver with just six weeks of food.

The early hardships only solidified the resolve of Denver’s citizens and made them more determined to not just survive but to thrive. When the Union Pacific Railroad bypassed Colorado on its transcontinental route, Denverites raised $300,000 and built their own railroad to meet the Union Pacific in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Soon after, the Kansas Pacific Railroad crossed the plains to Denver and, when a major silver strike was hit in Leadville, Denver was a boomtown once again.

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