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Red Rocks Amphitheater officially turns 83 years old today (photos)

For music fans and musicians, Red Rocks Amphitheater is something of a Mecca. The amazing venue has hosted countless concerts in Morrison, CO throughout its long history, starting with its official declaration on this day in 1941.

Red Rocks’ history dates back to the early 20th century, when he was a concert producer John Brisben Walker had a vision to place a stage in the middle of the perfect rock formation. The first shows there date from this time, when Walker gave concerts from an improvised platform as early as 1906. However, the location as we know it would not be born for another 35 years.

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In 1927, George Cranmer (Manager of Denver Parks) convinced Denver to purchase Walker’s land and build his dream location. It was an architect Burnham Hoyt who designed the location with natural beauty in mind. The plans were completed in 1936 and the amphitheater was officially dedicated on June 15, 1941 – exactly 83 years ago today.

The two main rock formations, ‘Ship Rock’ and ‘Creation Rock’, are each larger than Niagara Falls; the site itself was once listed in the Seven Wonders of the World and was declared a national monument in 2015. Fossils have even been found within the boundaries of Red Rocks Park.

Although it would be another six years before the venue would host its first performance, an Easter Sunrise Service, Red Rocks Amphitheater has played a major role in the hearts of music fans everywhere. The list of artists who have performed at Red Rocks is unfathomable, with shows from Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, Phish, Widespread Panic, Pearl Jam, The String Cheese Incident, U2, Stevie Nicks, Dave Matthews Band, Sla, and so, so, so much more.

Thank you, Red Rocks, for doing what you do best!

Check out a gallery of classic images from the iconic location in the post below:

(Originally published 7/15/2016)