150 Things You Didn’t Know About the Chamber
In 1890 the Chamber started a Manufacturing and Mercantile Bureau, which secured a $400,000 cotton mill; $100,000 woolen mill; $250,00 paper mill; $100,000 match factory; $25,000 shoe factory; $10,000 overall factory – that’s $885,000 in business investment in just a few months!
The Chamber helped promote Denver as a health resort to bring people to Colorado: “Denver is vigorous, enterprising and steadily increasing in population, and she offers unparalleled inducements to capital and manufacturers and to those who have means and seek a desirable city in which to make a home. The mountains invite the strong and industrious miner and prospector and the valleys are full of promise to the farmer and fruit grower who has something which to begin.”
The Chamber was the peacekeeper of Denver when there was a warlike display in the streets in 1894. Guns were planted under the shadow of the City Hall. Men with muskets lined the thoroughfares. It was the general belief of the time that but for the interference of the Chamber bloodshed and considerable destruction of property would have ensued.
Today the Chamber and its affiliates have over 60 amazing staff members.
The Chamber has been a driving force in bringing industries to Denver since 1900. We started with agriculture – specifically sugar beets.
Timekeeper. The Chamber was presented the large, all metal, eight-day outdoor clock by Burton Bros. & Co. to be installed on Berthoud Pass in 1939.
In 1901, the Chamber assessed the fire department’s readiness. The Chamber recommended purchases of three new fire engines, 10,000 feet of new hose, a new engine house and hock and ladder house near Colfax and York and a hook and ladder truck for North Denver, among other improvements.
The Leadership Exchange, an annual trip taken by the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, is crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Munich, Germany, in October 2017 – the organization’s first intercontinental journey with business and civic leaders.
$6,850 was raised by the Chamber before the sunset of the same day for a relief fund when Galveston was flooded in 1900.
Love camping? When Denver opened an auto camp in 1915, the Chamber gave away free maps and trip logs. One visitor, Horace M. Albright, brought the idea of the free auto camp to national parks.