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From the 1820s through the 1840s, fur trappers and mountain men began harvesting highly-valued beaver and buffalo pelts for the Eastern U.S. and Europe. Trading posts were established for barter with the Native Americans, while trade routes sprang up between the United States and [[Mexico]].
 
From the 1820s through the 1840s, fur trappers and mountain men began harvesting highly-valued beaver and buffalo pelts for the Eastern U.S. and Europe. Trading posts were established for barter with the Native Americans, while trade routes sprang up between the United States and [[Mexico]].
  
In 1858, gold was discovered at the mouth of Dry Creek in the present-day Denver suburb of [[Englewood (Colorado)|Englewood]], triggering the "Pike's Peak or Bust" gold rush of 1858-59. Approximately 50,000 people immigrated to Colorado in search of gold, creating the first large scale permanent settlements. Hard rock silver and gold mining towns were established throughout the territory.  
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In 1858, gold was discovered at the mouth of Dry Creek in the present-day Denver suburb of [[Englewood]], triggering the "Pike's Peak or Bust" gold rush of 1858-59. Approximately 50,000 people immigrated to Colorado in search of gold, creating the first large scale permanent settlements. Hard rock silver and gold mining towns were established throughout the territory.  
  
 
A new town named Denver City was founded in honor of James W. Denver, governor of Kansas Territory.  
 
A new town named Denver City was founded in honor of James W. Denver, governor of Kansas Territory.  

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