23 Things Only People Who Grew Up in Denver Will Understand

As Denver natives there are certain things only we understand that others might not get. Like this list for example.

1. You survived the blizzard of 1982.

2. You know what somebody means by “The dog food smell on I-70.”

3. You were terrified of this place as a kid.

4.  You can get sunburn and frostbite in the same day.

5. You don’t understand why everyone thinks this guy is scary?!?!

6. This is normal to you.

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7. You Remember Watching Blinky’s fun Club every morning as a kid.

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8. Your sense of direction is toward the mountains and away from the mountains.

9. This sight reminds you of home every time you see it.

10. Late night adventures at Lookout Mountain.

11.  You grew up planning you Halloween costumes around your coat.

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12. You look forward to winter as much as you do summer.

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13. This commercial will forever be etched in our minds

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14. You sneaked into the Cinderella Twin drive in at least once in your lifetime.

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15. Coming home from mountain excursions.

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16. You remember the original Mile High Stadium and Big Mac.

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17. Shorts, flip flops and a hoodie are year round attire.

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18. You have some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

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19. Win, lose, or tie it’s Broncos til we die!

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20. You understand that it is a privilege to live in our beautiful state.

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21. You have the best chili cheese fries in the world!

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22. You only come here for the Entertainment, nothing else….oh wait and the sopapillas.

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23. You laugh at people that refer to the north side as the highlands.

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360 comments
Tyler Stutzman
Tyler Stutzman

No Malibu Grand Prix? Or the original Elitch's? Or what was that arcade with the giant animatronic shooting gallery? No hookers and drug dealers in broad daylight on Colfax?

Ilene Seas
Ilene Seas

Yeah that's what I was thinking. I think there was at least two feet of snow . Yeah there are pics somewhere

Danae Wilson
Danae Wilson

Ilene Seas, was it the blizzard of 82 when the snow was as high as grandma and grandpa's house (or so it seemed)? I think we have pictures somewhere of that.

Ilene Seas
Ilene Seas

I sent my reply in a comment instead

Larry Evans
Larry Evans

I was there and survived the blizzard of 82. If it wasn't for my back not liking the cold weather this is the one state I would love to live in again.

Martha Hoshiko
Martha Hoshiko

White Castle Burgers was on Federal Blvd and this was how we got to my aunts house!

Patti Kinnamon
Patti Kinnamon

I remember all of them and some you that you didn't mention

Pati Bush
Pati Bush

Ahhhh, the memories!! Makes me homesick!! Kim Walden, makes me think of us growing up!! :)

Diane Paczosa-Joseph
Diane Paczosa-Joseph

How about eating at the Denver drumstick! You got your meal in a paper boat while watching the train above you go around the restaurant!

Jonathan Lucero
Jonathan Lucero

One of my favorites was the old mousetrap with the little traffic control tower.

Lisa Hall
Lisa Hall

I remember when the traffic report would start with "The Mouse Trap caught another one" and ... say no more. We all knew exactly what he meant.

Adam White
Adam White

I'm a foco kid now living in Denver. .... what's the highlands thing? That was the only one I didn't get

Robyn McMillen
Robyn McMillen

What they refer to old north side Denver... 38th ave 44th ave Tennyson, Raleigh, Lowell, Zuni

Adam White
Adam White

No I know where highlands is. .. why is it funny that is called the highlands?

Robert Conner
Robert Conner

They forgot the Sombrero slide at Bear Valley Park!

ejoppa
ejoppa

my husband was a school bus driver and always had lots of coats left over from those days that afternoons are much warmer than mornings


ScottBradley
ScottBradley

Anyone out there remember the Milwaukee Tavern downtown 17th and either Champa or Stout all the old AWA wrestlers would hang out there after matches?

Golden2Denver
Golden2Denver

St. Patrick's at the old Duffys and cruzin' 16th.

LSowell
LSowell

My brother took me to a taping of Blinky. I was scared to death of him and I cried.

jopiper
jopiper

Anyone remember a hot cookie at the Scotchman on Federal?

Lee Sherman
Lee Sherman

4th Generation Denverite!  You know you are from Denver, if you remember  (just to name a few):

    *  The phone number for time and temperature was:  222-8811

      *  Radio station contest lines all began with the '241' prefix.

      *  The three main TV stations were known as KOA (Channel 4), KLZ (Channel 7), and KBTV (Channel 9).

      *  Well established neighborhoods, where people knew one another.

      *  When a ride to Cherry Creek Reservoir was truly a drive out in the country.

      *  When the zoo had free admission for Denver residents.

      *  When the Casa Bonita building was a Joslins department store.


Rob Reeve
Rob Reeve

Howard Johnsons at Hampton was the south edge of Denver.

Sheila Shotwell Amburn
Sheila Shotwell Amburn

Lady, you may have been raised in Denver, but you were born in the great state of Texas!

Ted Moore
Ted Moore

Dress up Friday for Happy Hour.

Ted Moore
Ted Moore

I -25 was called Valley Highway / Mouse Trap I-25/ I-70 intersection

StefenieGodfrey
StefenieGodfrey

You know you are from Denver when you call US Hwy 36, the Boulder turnpike.

KeithSchreckengost
KeithSchreckengost

#3.. Lakeside... that "Laughing Sal" at the fun house scared the crap out of me as a kid every time she came out and started laughing for several minutes.

anne1reeves29
anne1reeves29

omg! I do remember Big Mac. I had some awesome memories there with my grandpa

Bill Boles Jr
Bill Boles Jr

All True, I was born in St. Anthony's Central (before there was a North)...worked at St. Anthony's North in HS. What the heck are the Highlands?? \U0001f604 My favorite memory? "And now, your! Den-ver! Bears!" We couldn't afford to go to Elichs so we went to Lakeside, Waterworld was two slides, it was the Boulder Turnpike, Mile High Stadium, the blue helmets with the D, Zezo's Magic Castle and the perpetual Carmel popcorn smells at CInderella City, desolate and peaceful drives to the mountains, octoberfest on Larimer St. Field trips to the Nature Museum, Denver General, Thirsty's and McNichols for the Final Four and the NBA all-star game!

Greg Kisinger
Greg Kisinger

Born at St. Joseph's hospital in '65, lived in Grand Jct until I was 13 and we moved back to Denver. Remember meeting Randy Gradishar at Buckingham Square and getting his pic & autograph. Remember mostly everything mentioned but always went to Elitch's and not Lakeside. Remember spending lots of time after school going to the arcade at Cinder Alley.

Don Boylls
Don Boylls

How about the Soda Straw on Colorado Blvd and Peaches Records

Jackie McEvers Hexham
Jackie McEvers Hexham

"But it's a dry heat!", The Foothills, Cinco de Mayo on Federal, "the Castle," shopping at the ARC, Los Arcos (the food and the experience), buggies, not shopping carts, the "brown cloud," Red Rocks, abundant sunshine!! I do really miss living there!!

Kris Kiley
Kris Kiley

Never called it the north side...just North Denver. That was all you had to say. Smaldones, Elitch's, Lakeside, submarine races at Sloan Lake or seeing the lights from Indpiration Point, the Scotchman with Highland Flings and Horrible burgers. Ahhh....the wonderful memories!

jopiper
jopiper

HOt cookies at the Scotchman.


Steph Valdez
Steph Valdez

Born and raised in the Northside. Will never be highlands to me. Also first concert at the big mac Michael Jackson 1988

Charlene Pratt
Charlene Pratt

Cinderella City SHOPPING! Since we were kids, it had to be window shopping.

M.l. Woolen
M.l. Woolen

Maybe the sopapilla's... Definitely not #12... I was a paper boy thru five of those winters