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Parker (1873, 5,870 feet) originated with the Twenty Mile House on the Smoky Hill Trail. The original 1863 log cabin stage stop stood 20 miles southeast of Denver on Cherry Creek. James S. Parker, for whom the town is named, converted the Twenty Mile House into a depot for the Denver & New Orleans Railroad when it chugged into Parker in 1882. Little remains of the Twenty Mile House except a small remnant now used as a garage. Parker's population has skyrocketed from about 1,000 residents in 1960 to around 6,000.

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Thomas J. Noel

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