Oh, James W. Denver, you lucky dude. How many people get not only an omelet named after them, but also a wheel clamp and a steak?
In 1858, when land speculator William Larimer renamed the St. Charles settlement at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platt e River after Denver, then the governor of the Kansas Territory, who could have guessed that his name would so easily transfer to a variety of modern-day items (and one celebrity) that have nothing to do with him or each other?
Who could have known that drivers around the world would curse this city, while fans of folk-rock would sing its praises?
Mr. Denver visited his namesake city only twice, but he is remembered with several noteworthy honors — including the Denver steak, a little-known fabrication from the underblade of the chuck that's feature in this week's cover story, "A Cut Above." The steak is not only the fourth-most-tender cut in a steer, but also the most heavily marbled. That translates to a sweet, buttery taste that has a few Denver chefs (but not many others) using the cut regularly when they butcher their own beef – and you can also find it at many Walmart locations.
Here are five more, not-quite-as-tasty Denver namesakes:
5) Denver, the Last Dinosaur
This French-made cartoon aired for two seasons in the United States. starting in 1988. Voiced by Patrick Fraley, who was better known for his work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Denver was a Corythosaurus do-gooder who was always trying to get the real (animated) people who took care of him to halt high-tech progress and play nice with other species.
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