American Academy of Family Physicians
Tue, Jun 12 – Sat, Jun 16, 2012
Grand Hyatt Denver
Denver's history dates back to 1858 when it was founded during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush in the Kansas Territory by a group of gold prospectors who established the first settlement there. Originally known as "Montana City" and then "Denver City" after the Colorado Territory was created in 1861, Denver City became the territorial capital and soon after the State Capital of Denver when Colorado was admitted to the Union in 1876.
Located in the South Platte River Valley on the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Southern Rocky Mountains, Denver emerged as a hub for high plains agriculture, and is known historically as the "Queen City of the Plains" because of its important role in the agricultural industry in the neighboring regions along the foothills. Denver's location near the mineral-rich mountains also encouraged the entry of mining and energy companies, and today, they are still significant contributors to the city's economy, with companies such as EnCana, Halliburton and Anadarko all maintaining a presence.
Ironically, whereas once the city's location was considered an obstacle in terms of travel and transport, it now possesses one of the nation's largest, busiest and architecturally renowned airports, Denver International. Denver's geographic position offers economic benefits that include transportation links and distribution for nearby Mountain states, telecommunications and time-zone efficiencies, and a key connection for trade. Denver is nicknamed "The Mile-High City" because its official elevation is exactly one mile (5,280 feet) above sea level. With a population of approximately 567,000, it is the most populous city in Colorado.
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 – Sat, Jun 16, 2012