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Old 08-23-2011, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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US Olympic Training Center
That's not unique. There are others such as Lake Placid, NY. There's also a mint in Philadelphia and used to be one in San Francisco.

Also, it seems kind of a cheat to say a specific place is unique. Everywhere is unique from that standpoint. Let's try a little harder here and go beyond things that are merely geographically unique.
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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The Colorado National Monument!

The Colorado Rockies

The Denver Broncos

jazzlover

josseppie
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:14 PM
 
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I am trying to come up with a list of things you can only find in Colorado. I am looking for attractions, restaurants, history, geography and thing on that order.
Here is a sampling of what I have.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Bonnie Brea Icecream
Denver Mint
Red Rocks Park
US Olympic Training Center
NORAD
Dinosaur National Monument
The Buckhorn Exchange
In the La Junta area we have the largest self-supported log roof in the world at the Koshare Indian Museum and Kiva. The round room of the Kiva features six hundred and twenty logs, weighing over forty tons, that span across a room sixty foot across and the roof is self-supporting. Architects claimed that such a log roof was impossible to construct, but that did not stop the roof from being built. Damon Runyon asked an engineer who helped design the Golden Gate Bride to help compute the stress factor of the logs.

Go to www.visitlajunta.net/kiva.html for more information for pictures and more information.

We also have the largest continuously mapped site of dinosaur tracks in North America with over 1,300 footprints in four different layers of rock.

Go to Visit La Junta: Comanche National Grassland for more information and pictures of the tracksite.
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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The highest concentration of Transvesites in one city?
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Old 08-23-2011, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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16th St. Mall.
It's no more unique than Pearl St. in Boulder, but hey, that's in Colorado, too! The stores at 16th St. are for the most part stores you could find anywhere in the country, e.g. Bath and Body Works, etc.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Buffalo Bill's Museum & Grave on Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO.

Fat Tire Brewing Co. and the Big Horn Brewing Co., both only in Colorado and some of the best beer around IMO.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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It's no more unique than Pearl St. in Boulder, but hey, that's in Colorado, too! The stores at 16th St. are for the most part stores you could find anywhere in the country, e.g. Bath and Body Works, etc.
The Pearl St. Mall is a pedestrian mall. The 16th St. Mall is a transit mall. They are apple and oranges. Pedestrian malls are relatively common. There is nothing particularly unique about the Pearl St. Mall.

The 16th Mall is a different story. It's one of only three major transit malls (and four or five minor ones) in the country. The other major ones being the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis and the Portland Transit Mall. A number of features distinguish The 16th St. Mall from the others. To name just a few, the granite paving, the space age street lights, and the RTD mall shuttle busses. Which makes the 16th St Mall easily identifiable as being Denver, and like no other place in the world. Which means it is only in Colorado.

As for the retail situation on The Mall, it's unfortunate that it has taken the turn that it has. But there is more to life then just shopping. In the last 30 years Downtown Denver has transformed from being a business and shopping district to being a business and entertainment district. Chain stores are the same everywhere. So that doesn't make The Mall less unique then any other place.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:51 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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The 16th Mall is a different story. It's one of only three major transit malls (and four or five minor ones) in the country. The other major ones being the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis and the Portland Transit Mall. A number of features distinguish The 16th St. Mall from the others. To name just a few, the granite paving, the space age street lights, and the RTD mall shuttle busses. Which makes the 16th St Mall easily identifiable as being Denver, and like no other place in the world. Which means it is only in Colorado.

As for the retail situation on The Mall, it's unfortunate that it has taken the turn that it has. But there is more to life then just shopping. In the last 30 years Downtown Denver has transformed from being a business and shopping district to being a business and entertainment district. Chain stores are the same everywhere. So that doesn't make The Mall less unique then any other place.
May I?

We have pianos on the mall that anyone can play (and are occasionally even in tune.) We have a burgeoning community of street musicians along the mall...maybe not unique, but definitely culturally significant. We DO have some unique establishments along the mall...Appaloosa, Paramount...and some hideaway local eateries just off the mall if you know where to look. We have a lot of LOCAL beer available up and down the 16th Street Mall. We have artists and peddlers and some great little kiosks up and down the mall (look just north of Court for the best shoe shine in town...) There's bicycles and runners and all sorts of weird modes of transportation. We have some wonderful varied architecture along the mall if you stop for a moment to check it out.

Of course, we also have a significant (if largely benign) homeless population along the mall (presumably for safety and improved opportunities at getting food, money or work.) We have some of the most annoying special interest solicitors (let me tell you about how Greenpeace lost the support of this environmentalist sometime.) We have some loud characters and some pretty plain-jane storesfronts and big chain businesses and restaurants (though there are quite a few based or started in Colorado.)

That said, some of the greatest properties of the mall are some of the sights along it's axis...the Millenium Bridge...the D&F Tower...the State Capitol. We have several parks along that axis as well...Commons in the CPV (to be fair, just north of the mall), Skyline (I mean come on...movies in a downtown park on Saturday nights? Nice), and Civic Center at the south end.

It's not Europe. It's not New York or Chicago. It's not "the most unique place on earth" or anything like that, but it has a lot of small distinct characteristics that I think make it stand out when compared to major accessways in cities of comparable size or age.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Loveland Colorado
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That's not unique. There are others such as Lake Placid, NY. There's also a mint in Philadelphia and used to be one in San Francisco.

Also, it seems kind of a cheat to say a specific place is unique. Everywhere is unique from that standpoint. Let's try a little harder here and go beyond things that are merely geographically unique.
you make a good point. Please tell me what we have thet you think is unique.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:50 AM
 
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Please tell me what we have thet you think is unique.
I'm a tad bit surprised that this hasn't been mentioned. It goes beyond unique and pretty much any adjective an individual can throw out there. I'll just say that it's as good as it gets, and it's also one of the crown jewels in the national park system.

Mesa Verde National Park.
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