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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.

Mayor Hancock Shares the Letter from his Mom

Dear Next Generation Leaders:

What I think about Denver is obvious. I have watched this great city grow into a metropolis. My children all grew up here, we grew up together in Denver!

We first arrived in Colorado as a family in Spring of 1966 and moved to Denver in 1970, when Uncle Sam sent us back after a short stint in Germany. I first met my husband, Staff Sargent Robert James Hancock, on Fort Carson Army base in 1954. After our return, the children got settled in school and began getting acquainted with many friends. Our children, a total of 10, all had different interest. Our baby boy, is Denver’s current Mayor Michael B. Hancock. He is truly the baby of all the children, but the true rock of the family, always around when needed. He’s always been serious about his family, his first lady, his children and his community. I have watched closely as he has traveled the world making friends and connecting with other countries for all our benefit. Denver is better connected globally today because of these efforts. That makes Denver a much different city than the one we returned to in 1970. Denver International Airport has a lot to do with our growth and connectivity. I was worried about what closing Stapleton would mean for all of us. However, Denver International Airport has answered the call and helped Denver mature to great City. At 160 years old,  Denver is looking great!!

What I think about Denver? I am proud to be citizen and resident of Denver and I have been for close to 50 years. I am retired and feel blessed to live here. So, to Denver I say, Happy 160 years!!

My advice to the next generation is to remember that the people have made this city great. Work to be an asset to Denver by getting the best education you can; be safe and keep your neighbors safe. Keep your health, mind and body strong, and for the good of all of us strive to be the best you be. Always commit to being helpful to the community and always be respectful to your elderly and the homeless. How you treat people who can do nothing for you reflects more on you than on them. Be Great Denver!! That is simply what we have always aimed to be, nothing less will do!!

Scharlyne A. Hancock, 79
Denver Resident since 1970.


Share Your
Lessons & Advice

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:

By email:

By regular mail:

Mayor’s Office
Attn: Denver’s Next 160
1437 Bannock St.
Denver, CO, 80202

On Social Media:

Use the hashtag #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.