The Denver International Airport is the largest airport in North America and the second largest airport in the world. However, despite it's size Denver International is currently only the fifth busiest airport in the US. The airport covers approximately 34,000 acres and 53 square miles, making it larger than both San Francisco and Manhattan. It was built at the end of the 20th century and was 2 billion dollars over budget upon completion.
The airport has been the subject of various rumors, controversies, and conspiracy theories over the years. The most prominent controversy is linked to an eerie statue of a giant blue horse that actually killed the artist who was creating it. This statue, called the Blue Mustang, is a 32 foot cast-fiberglass sculpture that was meant to represent the spirit of the old American west. However, in 2006 a section of this 9,000 pound sculpture fell on the artist, Luis Jimenez, and caused his tragic death. Among the most popular conspiracy theories, there are people who believe that a tunnel was built underneath the airport to connect to a mysterious underground city and that it has been hidden from the public.
There are numerous mysteries surrounding this airport that have developed into a universal sense of intrigue among the American public.
DEN Fun Facts:
- The airport’s roof is covered with white tents that have 34 peaks total and they're made out of fiberglass as thin as a credit card. They are supposed to resemble both the snow-capped Colorado mountains and the early Native American teepees located across the Great Plains.
- The airport has 30 acres of parking lot space that cover the equivalent of 23 football fields.