150 Things You Didn’t Know About the Chamber


The Chamber helped open Denver Municipal Airport (which would later become Stapleton International Airport) bringing a “port” to Denver in 1929.


Did you know the Chamber has helped open not one, but two airports, with Denver International Airport in 1995?


In 1941, to make Denver a national center for vocational training, the Chamber collaborated with Denver Public Schools administration to prepare a proposal to urge a government expenditure of $300,000 to $1 million to Emily Griffith Opportunity School for skilled aircraft and industrial training. Under the War Production Board during World War II more than 24,000 people were trained at Emily Griffith Opportunity School.


The Denver Chamber helped build an auditorium to bring the Democratic National Convention to Denver in 1908.


100 years after the Democratic National Convention was brought to Denver, Denver won the 2008 Democratic National Convention where Barack Obama became the party’s first African-American nominee for president.


The “buy local” movement isn’t new in Denver. In 1884, Edward B. Light, the chairman of the Committee of Manufacturers, urged Denver to buy its own soap – made by his company of course. The recommendation was adopted by the Chamber and output for soap increased 400 percent.


On June 15, 1870, the first railroad came through Denver and the promise of trade and transportation was brought to Denver thanks to a fundraising campaign by the Chamber.


In 1942 when the late owner of the St. Francis Hotel, Mrs. Edith Holmquist, passed, she bequeathed her estate to the Chamber. Her estate known as the “Holmquist Fund” was to be devoted to public and general welfare activities.


The aviation industry has always been a focus of the Chamber. In 1929, the Chamber authorized an aviation department to make Denver “one of the foremost cities of the United States in air-mindedness and aviation industry.”


The first Chamber building was located at 14th and Lawrence streets.

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