150 Things You Didn’t Know About the Chamber
Crime stopper? The Chamber has offered rewards for tips to help solve crimes. Consider the kidnapping of Benjamin P. Bower: The Chamber offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator back in 1932.
On Feb. 28, 1884, the board of trade officially became the Chamber of Commerce. Their mission was to: Promote general prosperity in all the varied interest of Colorado and Denver – not much has changed since 1884.
We know that professional sports are an important part of a vibrant region. From Coors Field to Mile High Stadium in 1998, the Chamber has supported the construction of our sports stadiums.
Cowboy boots to cattle – the Chamber helped establish the National Western Stock Show in Denver in 1906.
$10,000 worth of tickets to the National Western Stock Show – that’s what the Chamber guaranteed to sell in 1915 in order to strengthen the Horse Show feature of the Stock Show.
In 2009 Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Chamber, became the first woman in the Chamber’s history to have this title.
The Chamber was founded before Colorado became a state in 1876.
To the rescue: The Chamber started a movement to relieve victims of the Cripple Creek fire in 1895 with money, provisions and clothing and even sending in extra police.
The Chamber hosted President Taft in 1911 to discuss local matters such as maintenance of Fort Logan, the establishment of a mountain national park system and the creation of Estes Park as a national park.
Also in 1911, the Chamber hosted Woodrow Wilson, who would become president two years later.