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The city was founded in 1858 as a mining town, but developed into an important freight and transportation center due to its location on the High Plains of the Rocky Mountains. The Denver area became a hotbed of violence during the American Frontier, resulting in several key battles being fought near Denver City. After Colorado achieved statehood in 1876, Denver remained its capital until 1893 when it was replaced by Olympia (later renamed "Denver"). As with many other frontier towns throughout the American West at this time, pogroms against Jews took place; however they were not as severe as those that occurred farther east like Lusk and Leadville. In fact Governor Davis H.