The Denver Post once described Boulder as "the little town nestled between the mountains and reality." Shadowed by the towering Flatirons and surrounded by more than 31,000 acres of recreational open space and nature preserves, Boulder is 28 square miles of outdoor heaven. Named after the mammoth rocks scattered across the terrain, Boulder brims with big city sophistication, college town intelligence, and environmental sensibilities.
Boulder's historic civic center serves as a gathering place for the entire city. Anchored by Pearl Street, a vibrant thoroughfare boasting a magnificent four-block pedestrian mall, the Pearl Street Mall, the downtown area brims with tourists, but is also a...
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2. Weird fact: Boulder's Third Flatiron, which towers 1,400 feet high -- a few hundred feet higher than the Empire State Building -- has been climbed by people without using their hands, on roller skates, naked, and in 8 minutes (by separate climbers).
3. Fun fact: Robert Redford was a janitor at The Sink, before moving on to become famous!
4. Random fact: Boulder has more used bookstores per capita than any other city in the country.
5. The Flatiron Mountains got their name by pioneer women who said they looked like flat, metal irons used to iron their clothes.
6. The University of Colorado at Boulder's buildings are built with red sandstone, quarried in nearby Lyons.
7. With Coors, Anheuser-Busch, and local microbreweries such as Boulder Beer and Avery Brewing, this area has become the largest beer-producing triangle in the world.
8. In 1967, Boulder became the first city in the United States to tax itself for funds to be used specifically for the acquisition, management, and maintenance of Open Space.
9. One of Boulder's sister cities is Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which gifted us the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.
10. Boulder is surrounded by more than 31,000 acres of recreational open space and nature preserves.
11. Boulder has been referred to as the "Boulder Bubble" and "28 square miles surrounded by reality."
12. Boulder has received myriad accolades over the years, ranging from Foodiest to Brainiest City, from Best Biking City to Best City for Teleworking, from Best City for Young People to Best City to Retire in Style.
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Set at the foot of the Flatirons of the Rocky Mountains, just 30 miles northwest of downtown Denver and only 74 feet higher than the Mile High City, Boulder was settled by hopeful miners in 1858 and named for the large rocks in the area. Welcomed by Chief Niwot and the resident southern Arapaho, the miners struck gold...
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