As I said in the previous post, we went to Denver to visit my parents for the holidays. I grew up in Denver but it changed a lot since I left home. Denver has a lot of nicknames, Mile High City, Queen of the Prairies, Queen of the West, Gateway to the Rockies and of course Bronco-Ville. 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. After all, the California Gold Rush had occurred just nine years earlier.
Since we had lunch in Evergreen, we went over to Genesee Park for the view and to see the buffalo. The Buffalo Herd Nature Preserve has a herd of two dozen buffalo in a setting of grass and pines in Denver’s oldest mountain park that can be observed from Interstate 70 about 20 miles from Denver. The preserve is in 2,413-acre Genesee Park, which was acquired by the city in 1912 and features stunning views of Colorado’s Front Range. The first buffalo and elk herds were established there in 1914, and the buffalo are descendants of the last wild buffalo herd left in the United States. The scenic views from here are pretty amazing as you can see above and below.