150 Things You Didn’t Know About the Chamber
The Chamber was a collector of artifacts. In 1897, the Chamber lent the State Historical and Natural History society items to display in their rooms. Some of the items included: mummy head of Egyptian princess, piece of oak from Washington’s old home, revolutionary powder horn and more.
We have five critical issues that are our rail spur of today: water, education, Interstate 70, engaging unaffiliated voters and energy.
Businessmen to fisherman – in 1915 the Chamber undertook building trout ponds for which the State Game Warden was to give to mountain parks every year 50,000 young trout for every pond built.
The Chamber sponsored a cruise, Chamber of Commerce Good-Will Cruise, to the West Indies in 1928.
Following the Chamber of Commerce Good-Will Cruise in 1928, a pair of honey-bears from Central America were presented to the City Park Zoo after a guest, Mrs. Edith Holmquist, decided that the zoo should have two of these “peculiar little animals.”
To celebrate the Chamber’s 100th anniversary, a plaque was installed at the first Chamber of Commerce building at 14th and Lawrence in downtown Denver.
The Chamber has had its own art collection, a collection of more than 80 photos from Western artists since 2013.
The Chamber made dining history. In 1936, for the first time in history, 100 business men ate breakfast in Chicago and dinner in Denver on the same day. They were guests of the Chamber at a dinner at the Brown Palace Hotel.
J.C. Penny, famous chain store executive, complemented the Chamber for its aggressive business program in 1945, saying, “If a man isn’t interested enough in his community to take an aggressive active part in the work of his chamber of commerce, I don’t want him as a manger of one of my J.C. Penney stores.”
On Nov. 19, 1867, less than one week after the Board of Trade was established, a canvassing committee began raising funds to bring a rail spur to Denver. Within three short days, $300,000 had already been raised. That’s nearly $7.8 million today.