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The Colorado State Capitol Building, located at 200 East Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado, is the home of the Colorado General Assembly and the offices of the Governor of Colorado and Lieutenant Governor of Colorado.
The distinctive gold dome consists of real gold plate, first added in 1908, commemorating the Colorado Gold Rush. The building is part of Denver's Civic Center area.Serving as the beginning of the Capitol Hill district, the historic building sits slightly higher than the rest of downtown Denver. The main entrance hall is open 180 feet (55 m) to the top of the dome, about the height of an 18-story building. Additionally, the official elevation of Denver is measured outside the west entrance to the building, where the fifteenth step is engraved with the words "One Mile Above Sea Level."
From this step, at 5,280 feet (1,609 m), the sun can be seen setting behind the Rocky Mountains. A second mile high marker was set in the 18th step in 1969 when Colorado State University students resurveyed the elevation. In 2003, a more accurate measurement was made with modern means, and the 13th step was identified as being one mile (1.6 km) high, where a 3rd marker was installed.
The mountains that sit just west of Denver offer plenty of activities for outdoors enthusiasts, but the city itself is full of things to do and attractions. Art galleries, museums and niche neighborhoods draw thousands of visitors every year and many venues also have a strong local following.
Colorado’s “Wild West” history is complete with boomtowns, saloons and brothels associated with the early mining industry. Denver not only was at the epicenter of it all, but survived to become a thriving state capital. While the city’s wildest days are long gone, several historic attractions in Denver remain.
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