Denver versus Twin Cities: What’s the difference?

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
State capitals


St. Paul


The Platte River in Denver

The Mississippi River, Minneapolis

Pedestrian/panhandling havens

16th Street Mall in Denver

Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis

Old civic phallic symbols now dwarfed by skyscrapers

Denver, Daniels & Fisher Tower (inspired in 1910 by St. Mark's bell tower in Venice, now a cabaret venue)

Foshay Tower (inspired in 1929 by the Washington Monument, now a W hotel), Minneapolis

Big things made by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

"The Big Sweep," (2006), broom and dustpan outside the Denver Art Museum

"Spoonbridge and Cherry," (1988), Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Acoustic singer-songwriters

The former Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., a.k.a. John Denver, who passed through Denver

Twin cities. The former Robert A. Zimmerman, a.k.a. Bob Dylan, shown here on a 1963 album cover

19th-century masonry

Larimer Square, Denver

James J. Hill mansion, St. Paul

Emblematic spunky gals

Denver. This is Margaret "Molly" Tobin Brown, a.k.a., the unsinkable Molly Brown, who survived the sinking of the Titanic

Twin Cities. Mary Tyler Moore (whose TV show survived 168 episodes from 1970-77, shown here with Ted Knight, who played Ted Baxter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show")

Water craft

Kayaking, Denver

Canoeing, Twin Cities

Grand old hotels

Brown Palace Hotel, Denver

St. Paul Hotel, St. Paul

Weird-looking buildings

Denver Art Museum's Hamilton Building

The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

Hard-drinking author who died an early death

Jack Kerouac, Denver

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Twin Cities

Dive restaurants

El Chapultepec, Denver

Hard Times Cafe, Minneapolis

Presidential contenders

Denver. William Jennings Bryan. (Bryan, right, shown here with Clarence Darrow at the Scopes trial in 1925.)

Minneapolis, Benjamin Harrison

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