The Mile High Club

From the fifteenth step of the State Capitol in Denver you can see the sun setting softly over the craggy edges of the distant Rocky Mountains. Its fifteenth step is engraved with the words “One Mile Above Sea Level” though a copper marker on both the 18th and the 13th step also indicate one mile above sea level with the latter being measured most accurately using modern methods.

Regardless, thanks to the help of a Denver Highway Patrolman who was armed and ready to make the 4:20 protestors walk the line. There to promote pro-marijuana legislation, we were unsurprisingly mellow, so he had a moment to politely snap a photo of us joining the mile high club… Not that one! Geez people.

Completed in the 1890s, Colorado’s State Capitol building was designed by Elijah E. Myers. Eli was a litigious sort, often suing rival architects and even his own clients for “stealing” his ideas. This makes its blueprint even more interesting since it sure feels a lot like the United States Capitol. But that’s probably because he “stole” the idea and intended it that way.

In 1909 the dome was gilded in gold to commemorate with the Colorado Gold Rush. Even today, some of the mines generate huge sums of gold that lays buried in the mountain granite.