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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.

Savor the West and authentic cowboy culture at Denver's museums, restaurants, parks and events like Denver March Powwow and National Western Stock Show.

Denver's rich history includes vibrant African-American residents and jazz. Museums and Welton Street Historic District provide a look at today and yesterday.

Trace Denver's beer history from the rough and tumble saloon days to the inaugural Denver Beer Fest in 2009.

The restored Union Station is a social and transportation hub. Rail buffs love nearby Tiny Town, Georgetown Loop Railroad and Colorado Railroad Museum.

Gold rush, natural disasters and social upheaval are all part of The Mile High City's Wild West past. Browse this Q&A with historian Tom Noel.

Find some of the best attractions and tours to check out when it comes to learning about Denver's past.

Find out how the mere whisper of the word gold changed Denver forever.