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Denver Walking Tour A suggested walking tour visiting Downtown Denvers most interesting sights In 1917 local author Dabney Otis Collins wrote When I walk down a Denver street I always feel as if I were listening to a brass band The city has that same feeling today Whether you are catching a glimpse of a snow-capped peak at the end of 17th Street watching a horse-drawn carriage clatter down Larimer Square or admiring the reflection of an elegant Victorian building in the mirrored-glass of a skyscraper there is a sense of excitement and energy to downtown Denver The clean streets the open plazas with views of the architecture and the hundreds of flower planters fountains and statues that decorate the area all combine so that even a short stroll is fun and filled with many memorable images A natural starting point for a walking tour is the 15th step on the west side of the State Capitol Building Standing here you are exactly 5280 feet above sea level one mile high The Capitol modeled after the United States Capitol in Washington DC is best known for its brilliant dome which is covered with 200 ounces of 24K gold However the really priceless material is the Colorado onyx that was used inside as wainscoting The entire world supply of this unusual rose-colored stone was used in the building and no more of it has ever been found Directly in front of the Capitol is a two square-block oasis in the heart of the city Civic Center Park Here statues of Indians and bucking broncos are mixed with flower gardens fountains a Greek Amphitheater and 30 different types of trees including two that were originally planted by Abraham Lincoln at his home in Illinois One block south of the park is the unusual staircase-like building that houses the Colorado History Museum a wonderful facility honoring the various people who have called Colorado home Here one will find
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