A bit of his­to­ry

Vocable (Anglais) - - À La Une -

By Rich Grant, free­lance wri­ter and co-au­thor with Irene Raw­lings of 100 Things to Do in Den­ver Before You Die (Ree­dy Press)

“Den­ver is one of the few ci­ties in his­to­ry that was li­te­ral­ly in the middle of now­here. In 1858, it was sur­roun­ded by 600 miles of wil­der­ness and in­ha­bi­ted on­ly by Na­tive Ame­ri­cans and Moun­tain Men. And then some gold was dis­co­ve­red at the confluence of small Cher­ry Creek and the South Platte Ri­ver. This was just ten years af­ter the great Ca­li­for­nia Gold Rush, and eve­ryone who mis­sed out on that ad­ven­ture was sure to come to this one. Wi­thin two years, 100,000 men and wo­men wal­ked 600 miles from St. Louis to Den­ver, which over­night be­came a boom town with sa­loons, gam­bling halls, bor­del­los and all the de­lights that so­meone would want af­ter wal­king 600 miles. li­te­ral­ly à pro­pre­ment par­ler / to be sur­roun­ded by être entouré de / mile = 1,609 km / wil­der­ness éten­dues sau­vages / Na­tive Ame­ri­can Amé­rin­dien / Gold Rush ruée vers l'or / to miss out on sth ra­ter, pas­ser à cô­té de qqch / over­night du jour au len­de­main / boom town ville-cham­pi­gnon / gam­bling hall mai­son de jeu / bor­del­lo mai­son close / de­light plai­sir.

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