How did Denver Colorado get its name?

The name Colorado was chosen because it was commonly believed that the Colorado River originated in the territory. Early Spanish explorers had named the Rio Colorado for the reddish-brown silt the river carried from the mountains.

im confused with the first part of this answer, ( i didnt write it ) so im gonna add some of my own ideas. i have read on wikipedia that denver was named after a man named James w. denver. to learn more about this man, go to and type in denver Colorado.