Video: Denver's Historic Role as Christmas Capital of the World, Illuminated by Tom Noel

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Colorado is famous for many firsts: The first cheeseburger was cooked up at the old Humpty-Dumpty drive-in on Speer Boulevard; in November 2012m voters approved making this the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. But at this time of year, there's a more appropriate Colorado first to celebrate: A century ago, on Christmas Eve 2014, the first illuminated outdoor Christmas tree was created in northwest Denver -- inspiring a trend that earned Colorado the nickname "Christmas Capital of the World" in the '20s, a reputation that lives on with the glowing City & County Building today. To illuminate this chapter of local history, we checked in with appropriately named historian Tom Noel. Here's a video that tells his tale.

See also: Top Ten Colorado Inventions, From Christmas Lights to Getting Lit

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