A unique, artsy community, Niwot, Colorado, is named for an Arapaho Chief whose name means "Left Hand". Niwot honors its Old West past while cultivating contemporary art, community events, restaurants and an eclectic array of shops and galleries.
The Old Prospector sculpture in Denver, Colorado, has quite a back story. Not only was it modeled after John Straughn, a larger-than-life character, it was sculpted by a German metalworker. It used to stand atop the now-gone Colorado Gold Mining Exchange building - itself a historical treasure.
Tour the city of Golden, Colorado, famous for the Coors Brewery and it's Old West atmosphere. An easy 15-mile drive from Denver and well worth the trip for restaurants, bars, souvenirs and entertainment.