Did you know this pesky little device is an invention right out of Colorado? There's a reason why they call it a "Denver Boot."

If you've ever attended college or lived in an apartment complex, chances are you've encountered, or the very least seen, one of these devices.

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Hopefully You've Never Encountered This Colorado Invention

Wikipedia states, "A wheel clamp, also known as wheel boot, parking boot, or 'Denver Boot,' is a device that is designed to prevent motor vehicles from being moved. In its most common form, it consists of a clamp that surrounds a vehicle wheel, designed to prevent removal of both itself and the wheel."

That pretty much sums it up. These are the nasty little things you'll find on the front wheel of your vehicle when you park illegally.

Why It's Called a 'Denver Boot'

According to Uncovercolorado.com, Frank Marugg, a concert violinist, is the man behind the device after inventing it in 1944. It’s known as the Denver Boot! Wikipedia adds, "Marugg was a pattern maker, a violinist with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, and a friend of many Denver politicians and police department officials. The police department needed a solution to a growing parking enforcement problem. The city towed ticketed cars to the pound, where they were often vandalized. Those whose cars were damaged sued the city for losses and the police had to itemize everything in the cars. Dan Stills, head of the city's traffic division, thought an immobilizer would avoid the expensive towing problem and approached Marugg with an idea to improve on the device to keep the cars where they were parked."

First Use of the Denver Boot

The Denver Boot first rolled into action on January 5, 1955. Originally cast in steel, Marugg soon switched to an aluminum-based alloy.

Denver Boot in the Smithsonian

According to Wikipedia, the Smithsonian Institution now has a copy of Marugg's boot on display in Washington, D.C

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Not Exactly Colorado's Best Claim to Fame

Sometimes you find yourself associated with things you aren't crazy about. Colorado is known for a million and one amazing things. While effective, a tire boot isn't exactly something that makes one's buttons pop. On the other hand, it's proven effective, lucrative, and while some communities regard Denver Boots as illegal, they seem to do the job.

Colorado Words That Most People Can't Pronounce Properly

In Colorado, we have a lot of words, primarily names, that out-of-towners would likely have trouble pronouncing. Many of these names originated from Native American languages, Spanish, and others.

While being a Colorado native, I didn't personally have trouble pronouncing any of these, but I can understand why someone would.

15 Best Small Towns in Colorado to Visit

Whether they might be ski towns, old mining towns, or towns known for their hot springs, Colorado has no shortage of great small towns. I've lived in four very different parts of Colorado in my 34 years on this planet, (Eagle, Pueblo, Fort Collins, and Grand Junction,) and have traveled all over the state.

However, The Crazy Tourist's list of the 15 best small towns to visit in Colorado actually features some towns that I've never been to.

According to The Crazy Tourist, these are the 15 best small towns to visit in Colorado.

20 Bucket List Items You Need to Do in Colorado in 2021

2020 has been a pretty garbage year for a lot of reasons as the COVID-19 pandemic has prohibited us Coloradans from doing a lot of things we love.

Concert season was basically canceled, and because of social distancing and other restrictions, a lot of activities we'd usually partake in have been put on hold.

However, if things return to normal in 2021, we'll undoubtedly be back to enjoying our great state. Here are 20 bucket list items you need to do in Colorado in 2021.