Montana City was founded in 1858 during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. It was soon renamed in honor of James W. Denver, then the Governor of the Kansas Territory. Three years later, the Colorado Territory was formed and Denver City was incorporated. The word “City” was dropped in 1867. Since those early mining days, Denver’s metro population has grown to 2.8 million. This accounts for over half of the state’s residents and makes it the 19th largest in the U. S. In the center of this downtown cityscape is the golden dome of the Colorado State Capital. Enjoy exploring the Mile-High City.