The Weekend at the American Presidential Experience

Observations from Thom Pattie in and around the American Presidential Experience in Denver—Saturday

One great thing about presidential election years, people pay more attention to history. Who was the 10th president of the United States and what was happening in his years in office? The American Presidential Experience brings history into real time for the generations visiting the event. The stroll that grandparents, children and grandchildren take through 300 years of history not only is it educational, the interaction is fantastic, and some of the stories are unbelievable.

My favorite display is the walk of the presidents with its portraits of the commanders in chief, brief explanations of what happened during their term and their nicknames.

The people of Denver are great, and we are learning a lot about local and regional history.

Did you know?

On Aug. 1, 1876, (28 days after the centennial of the United States), President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state and earning it the moniker “Centennial State.”

The cheeseburger was invented in Denver by Louis Ballast who operated the Humpty Dumpty Barrel drive-in. He applied for a patent on his now-famous invention in 1935. It has been speculated that he wasn’t the first person to add cheese to a hamburger, but nobody has an earlier patent, and no evidence to debunk his claim has emerged.

The last Democratic convention held in Denver was in 1908. It was staged to promote Denver’s prominence and to signify the city’s participation on the national, political and socioeconomic stage.

P.S. By the way, the 10th president of the United States was JOHN TYLER, nicknamed “His Accidency” because as vice president, he took office upon the death of President William Henry Harrison. Born: March 29, 1790, Charles City County, Va. Died: Jan. 18, 1862, in Richmond, Va. Tyler was the first president to be the subject of a serious impeachment attempt. On Jan. 10, 1843, the House turned down a resolution of impeachment, which charged Tyler with gross usurpation of power. The final vote was 127 to 83.

Thom Pattie, WorthPoint’s Chief Worthologist