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Denver’s Next 160

DENVER – To commemorate Denver’s 160th birthday of its founding, Mayor Michael B. Hancock is issuing an invitation to grandparents, great-grandparents and senior residents who make up the fabric that binds our great city. 

“Denver City” was founded by William Larimer, Jr. on November 22, 1858 and named for James W. Denver, the then-territorial governor of the Kansas Territory. In the 160 years since, Denver has evolved from frontier settlement and mining town to state capital and global city, all while staying true to the history and values that have been passed down to each succeeding generation from the ones that came before.

Mayor Hancock wants to know what sage advice our older residents have for the next generation – our children, grandchildren and loved ones – about how to protect what makes our city special. That’s why he is inviting seniors in Denver to write down their thoughts and share their vital wisdom on preserving our way of life in the Mile High City. We will use these personal treasures to create a historic database, a digital road-map, connecting the lessons of our past with the prosperity of our future. We are calling this Denver’s Next 160.

No matter your circumstance, whether you were born and raised in Denver, or a newcomer, we all have important lessons learned and advice to share. Mayor Hancock believes these perspectives play a pivotal role in informing future generations whose decisions will shape Denver’s next 160 years as a city.

Seniors can send their letters to the next generation in several ways:

  • Via email:
  • Via regular mail: Mayor’s Office, Attn: Denver’s Next 160, 1437 Bannock St., Denver, CO, 80202.
  • On the Mayor’s social media platforms using #DenversNext160

The Mayor’s Office will share the responses on the city’s website and social media platforms, as well as through events and outreach.

We look forward to hearing from them and sharing their wisdom with Denver residents here today and in the future.