The Lowdown on 'LoDo,' Cheeseburgers, Other Denver Trivia

As you prepare for the upcoming AIHce 2010 in Denver, here are a few fast, fun, and educational facts about the city that might help you plan your itinerary or even impress your friends:

  • The 13th step of the state capital building is exactly one mile high above sea level.
  • The “LoDo” region of Denver stands for Lower Downtown.
  • Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America.
  • Denver lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger. The trademark for the name was awarded in 1935 to Louis Ballast.
  • Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks in its city limits and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains.
  • Colorado has more microbreweries per capita than any other state.
  • Colorado is the only state in history to turn down the Olympics. Denver was supposed to host the 1976 Olympics, but 62 percent of all state voters chose at almost the last minute not to host because of the cost, pollution, and population boom it would have on both the state and city.

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