For the final stop of the trip, I headed to downtown Denver, Colorado, to find one of the city’s most famous landmarks: the mile high step, on the western side of the state capitol building.
Sure enough, I found it.
The gold marker is said to be exactly one mile above sea level, with an engraving 3 steps below it (the engraving is at the location originally thought to be a mile high, later, it was discovered to be off by a few inches, so the gold marker was added). By the way, the capitol building is open to the public, and worth exploring, if you have the time.
Proof positive: exactly 5,280.000 feet above sea level. (If you’re wondering why there’s a reflection of a big red mug in the marker, you’ll have to visit my other website, www.bigredmug.com!)
Note: This trip was first published in 2005.