Why do they call denver the mile high city?
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Denver is situated in the South Platte River Valley on the western side of the High Plains, just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, in the Southwestern United States.
Its downtown section is located just east of the junction of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) east of the Rocky Mountain foothills.
It was named after Kansas Territory Governor James W. Denver.
Because its official elevation is exactly one mile (5280 feet or 1609.344 meters) above sea level, it is known as the Mile High City.