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My 100th TE post today!

In honor of that number, I'm posting a shot of the front steps of the Colorado State House in Denver, Colorado. Denver is known as the Centennial State, as it became a state in 1876, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States.

The Denver State House is also famous for being set exactly one mile above sea level (indeed, Denver's nickname is the Mile High City). However, it's taken some time to get the measurement exactly right, as you can see. The engraving reading 'ONE MILE ABOVE SEA LEVEL' marks the spot where the elevation was first measured. A plaque was originally installed, but was then stolen; three more subsequent plaques met the same fate before it was decided to engrave the step. In 1969, a more accurate measure resulted in the brass disc at top. Then in 2003 another measure was taken, this one more accurately placing it two steps below to original and on the 13th step of the building.

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