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Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

If you asked the average person to name something Denver and Seattle have in common, other than their football teams facing off in this year's Super Bowl, he'd likely answer, "Legal pot." But for whatever reason, neither VISIT DENVER nor Visit Seattle are currently using this fact to pitch their respective cities. Instead, the two tourism agencies got together to come up with a dozen other things Denver and Seattle have in common -- and the similarities are uncanny at times. Count down the top twelve below, featuring photo-illustrated text from VISIT DENVER and Visit Seattle.

Number 12:

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Denver is home to first Chipotle and first Quiznos, both of which started here.

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Seattle is home to the first Starbucks, Nordstrom, Boeing and Amazon.com, which started here.

Number 11:

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

The cartoon South Park takes place near Denver and frequently features Denver landmarks.

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

The comic strip Doonesbury takes place in Seattle and frequently features Seattle landmarks.

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Number 10:

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Has an REI Flagship store and is known as an outdoor center for hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, climbing and camping.

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Has an REI Flagship store and is known as an outdoor center for hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, climbing and camping.

Number 9:

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Has spawned many national musicians and groups including Judy Collins, the Lumineers, The Fray, One Republic, and the Flobots.

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Has spawned many national music groups, including Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Macklemore.

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Number 8:

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Has a national reputation for beer, including Coors, Great Divide, Breckenridge, Wynkoop.

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Has a national reputation for beer, including Red Hook, Pike and Pyramid.

Number 7:

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Has a skyline view of mountains, including three 14,000-foot peaks (Pikes, Evans and Longs).

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Has a skyline view of mountains, including one 14,000-foot peak (Rainier).

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Number 6:

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

From the late 19th to mid-20th Century, Denver was known as "The Queen City of the Plains."

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

From the late 19th to mid-20th Century, Seattle was known as "The Queen City."

Number 5:

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Has a history of boom & bust economies and is currently booming with eight new downtown skyscrapers, 1,500 hotel rooms and a rail line from downtown to Denver International Airport all under construction.

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Has a history of boom & bust economies and is currently booming with aerospace, computer software, biotech, e-commerce and international trade.

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Number 4:

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Was rescued from a deep depression by the discovery of gold nearby in Cripple Creek in 1890.

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Was rescued from a deep depression by the discovery of gold nearby along the Klondike River in Canada in 1897.

Number 3:

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

When bypassed by the transcontinental railroad, Denver built its own connecting railroad in 1869.

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

When bypassed by the transcontinental railroad, Seattle forced its own connecting railroad in 1883.

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Number 2:

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

2012 population: 634,264, 23rd largest in U.S.

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

largest in 2012 population: 634,535, 22nd in U.S.

Number 1:

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Founded in 1858 as gold mining camp.

Photos: Twelve things Denver and Seattle have in common other than legal pot

Founded in 1851 as logging and fishing center.

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