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Colorado, our 38th state, was admitted to the Union August 1st, 1876.   The 2000 census has Colorado's population at 4,301,261, ranking  24th in the US.  With a total area of  104,094 square miles, the state ranks 8th  in size.  Colorado's capital, Denver, is also its largest city.


Useful Internet Links for Colorado:

 

Official Website of Colorado  

http://www.colorado.gov

 

Travel and Tourism Department  

http://www.colorado.com

 

Call toll free   1-800-COLORADO

 

Pick a Homepage - Colorado

 

Point of Interest Road Signs - Colorado

Congress.org - Colorado Elected Officials

 

Colorado Weather from Weather.com

 

National Park Service Sites in Colorado

 

Colorado News from USA Today

Job Search Spider - Find a job in Colorado

 


Colorado fun facts:

 

Colorado State Bird:  Lark bunting

Colorado State Flower:  Rocky Mountain columbine

Colorado State Motto:  Nothing Without Providence

Colorado State Song:  Where the Columbines Grow

Colorado State Tree:  Colorado blue spruce

Nickname:  The Centennial State

 

The geographic center of Colorado is located in Park County, 30 miles NW of Pike's Peak.  At 14,433 feet, Mount Elbert has the distinction among Colorado's many "Fourteeners" of being the state's highest peak.  In fact, Colorado's lowest point, 3,315 feet at the Arikaree River, is the highest 'lowest point' of all fifty states.  The average elevation in the state is 6,800 feet.  The name Colorado derives from the Spanish for "red," and was first applied to the Colorado River.  Major river systems are the Colorado, the Rio Grande, the Arkansas and the South Platte.  

 

Brief History:  Early civilization in Colorado centered around the Mesa Verde.  Later Ute, Cheyenne, Pueblo and Arapaho peoples lived in the area.  The area was first claimed by Mexico, but was later ceded to France, becoming part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.  The area was explored by Lt. Zebulon Pike, who discovered the peak that bears his name in 1806.  Immigration was encouraged by the discovery of gold in 1858.  Silver mining proliferated throughout the mountain ranges, particularly the San Juans, well into the 20th century.  Much of the eastern half of the state was settled by homesteaders in the late 18th and early 19th century.  This area is still primarily farmland.  

 

Colorado is home to three National Parks:  Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Mesa Verde, and Rocky Mountain; and National Monuments:  Colorado, Dinosaur (shared with Utah), Florissant Fossil Beds, Great Sand Dunes, and Hovenweep (shared with Utah).  Other major Colorado attractions include many famed ski resorts such as Aspen and Vail; Garden of the Gods and Pike's Peak, both near Colorado Springs;  the United States Air Force Academy, also located at Colorado Springs;  the historic mining towns of Silverton, Central City and Cripple Creek; Bent's Fort near La Junta; Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad on the New Mexico border; the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad; Ouray Hot Springs; and unlimited opportunity for outdoor recreation of all kinds.

 

 


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