23 Things Only People Who Were Born & Raised 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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332 comments
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

JoAnn Mueller
JoAnn Mueller

But Debbie-- #22 was a Joslin's store when I lived there and I had my hair done every week in their salon.

MJ Silver
MJ Silver

Celebrities Sport center was like Disney Land not Casa...

Theresa Kcolo
Theresa Kcolo

I remember the Clown's laugh on the Fun House... And the weird "obstacle" course to get in it

Mary DeVore
Mary DeVore

Same for me, remember all!\U0001f60e

Kristen Vinson
Kristen Vinson

LOL at all of these "natives". what tribe are you from?

MJ Silver
MJ Silver

Obviously the awesome one... Durrrr

Lauri Hagen
Lauri Hagen

Let's go old school. It's not I -25 it's the valley highway. It's not highway 36 it's the Boulder Turn Pike. And please let's say Colorado the right way, more rad not rod. Native

MJ Silver
MJ Silver

Uhhhh no, all rod. You don't say I'm aColoRADan... It's ColoRODan... So there's your answer how to pronounce the state you're apparently from...

Lauri Hagen
Lauri Hagen

Yes.....you do. Born and raised 1956 at Saint Anthony's Central.

Starletta Hall
Starletta Hall

Blizzard of 1982 .... I was stuck on I-225 and had to leave the car and walk in chest deep snow to a relatives home!

LSowell
LSowell

Coming home from a cancelled Cmas eve party in Littleton, driving home to Westminster... We broke open Federal that night, some people following us in the ruts, had to winch to stuck cars and streetlights to get through drifts, brought people as close to their homes as we could get them. Helped get people out of Stapleton in the following days. Driving on I-70 was like the surface of the moon after that storm for awhile.

Joel Harris
Joel Harris

I have unbelievable memories of sporting events at Big Mac and Mile High Stadium....even the old school Denver Gold from the USFL days.

Paula Ledlow
Paula Ledlow

OMG # 21 got my mouth a waterin I haven't had chubbys in so long breakfast burrito with egg and potato with green chili n cheese on the inside and green chili and cheese smothered fries OMG so freakin good I miss those

Annette Kelly
Annette Kelly

That was one freaky guy - fun house?? I miss Elitches!! Beautiful gardens that we picnicked with grandma and grandpa and fishing game!!!

Chris Grossman
Chris Grossman

It's all true, but I'm pretty sure anybody who's been here for more than a year could figure at least half of these out.

Andrew Girard
Andrew Girard

Alexis Girard Josh Girard Ariel Girard understood most of these but don't miss it as much as I used to. Miss those mountains though

Josh Girard
Josh Girard

I miss things here and there lol not too much though\U0001f61c

Julie Lippman
Julie Lippman

The fun house at lakeside was awesome!! It was the best thing there!