Deadlands: The Last Sons
Denver grew from a large boomtown into a proper city during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush of 1858. Since then it has only gotten bigger. Nowadays there’s a saying that goes, “all rails lead to Denver.” The Queen City of the Desert lies nestled in a valley in the foothills of the Front Range of the Rockies. It’s just about the largest city between Dodge and the City of Lost Angels (except for the City o’ Gloom), and between Texas and Seattle, making it the perfect place to run a rail to.
Colorado was only made a state in ’76, with Denver as its capital, and the people are prouder than peacocks. Both the North and the South were supposed to cede ownership of the state after the ceasefire, but this far from the battle lines it doesn’t seem like most people care much about allegiances. As always, there are exceptions. Northern and Southern patriots, as well as employees of all the Rail Barons, make their home and their living in the “cowtown metropolis.” It’s an open secret that the Denver-Pacific Rail Co. owns most of the city, but Union Blue and Black River claim big chunks of it too. Even Bayou Vermilion, Dixie Rails, Iron Dragon, and Wasatch maintain offices here, ostensibly to see to rail business in the region, but really just so they can keep a closer eye on their rivals.
Despite the presence of an Agency undercover office, a duly elected marshal, and a law against carrying firearms within the city limits, Denver’s locals get up to plenty of backstabbing. Come to think of it, they do plenty of frontstabbing too. No one’s shy about being ornery in the Queen City. Wasatch, Black River, and Union Blue crews have all faced off in recent years, causing plenty of property damage and several deaths. Like everywhere else in the Disputed Territories, the simmering tensions between North and South often boil over like blood in a cauldron, leading to renewed hostilities every spring.