Colorado, the home of unique inventions, amazing places and not to mention, downright wacky stuff, is a place no one afford to miss on a tour to America.
Wondering what is so great about this state? Alright then, we present to you a list of 95 Colorado facts that will leave you amazed.
But the question is, can we really wrap up the state in just 95 facts? Not really! This list is definitely not the most comprehensive one you can find.
There is much more to write and we shall cover them in our e-books that you can buy in our store!
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1. The history of Colorado goes as far back as fourteen thousand years ago when Native Americans inhabited the place.
2. Spanish explorers who visited Colorado were the first Europeans to arrive.
3. The main Colorado territory was claimed under Spain by a Spanish explorer named Juan de Ulibarri.
4. Colorado got its name from the Spanish term for “colored red,” which is a reference to the Colorado River being abundant in sediments.
5. Not a lot of historical events happened in Colorado before the Gold Rush.
6. The United States government took eastern Colorado as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
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7. The central portion of Colorado was claimed by the United States in 1845, during the admission of Texas as a state.
8. The U. S. government obtained the western area of Colorado as the result of the Mexican War.
9. Colorado entered the union on August 1, 1876.
10. During the Gold Rush, Colorado was a popular stopover for gold seekers going westward.
11. Many gold-seekers panned the Clear Creek and other rivers along Colorado, believing that the water coming from the Rockies had gold in them.
12. Gold is still present, especially in Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine at Victor, Colorado Springs.
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13. The Bureau of Land Management in Colorado allows recreational gold panning, rockhounding, and other non-mechanized methods of sluicing in public lands without permits; however, it is best to ask before doing any gold mining.
14. Colorado is the thirty-eighth state inducted in the union.
15. Colorado is also known as the Centennial State because Colorado was admitted into statehood when the one-hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence took place.
16. The Native American Ute tribe lived in the Colorado Plateau.
17. Other Native American tribes, such as the Comanche, Kiowa, Pawnee, and Apache tribes, lived in the Great Plains.
18. The Rocky Mountains is over three thousand miles long. It starts in British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, all the way to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
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19. People from Colorado were once called Coloradoans, but now they prefer being called Coloradans.
20. Buckhorn Exchange, an establishment in Denver, Colorado, was the first establishment to receive a liquor license after the Prohibition Era.
21. On March 17, 1905, Colorado had three governors in a single day. Alva Adams left due to some election misconduct. Adams would forfeit the governor’s role to his rival James H. Peabody under the condition that he resigns before the next day. Peabody shortly signed over the role to Lieutenant Governor Jesse F. McDonald.
22. On July 4, 1869, the world’s first rodeo was in Deer Trail.
23. Denver hosts the world’s largest annual rodeo, the Western Stock Show.
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Colorado Facts: Nature, Farming and Culture | 24-30
24. A common misconception about Denver is that the city is on a mountain. It is not.
25. Remember to pack light clothes when visiting Denver since the city has a total of three hundred sunny days in a year.
26. There are currently 11 national forests, 11 national parks, and 44 state parks.
27. Colorado is known for world-class skiing, the world’s highest highway, Rocky Mountain National Forest, Pike’s Peak, Great Sand Dunes, and more.
28. The highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Forest is Mount Elbert, which is 4, 401 meters (14, 440 feet) high.
29. People often mistake the spelling of “Pike’s Peak” as “Pikes Peak.”
30. The Star Dune at Great Sand Dunes National Park is the tallest dune reaching as high as 750 feet.
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31. Colorado has a wide variety of agricultural products, such as corn, hay, wheat, cattle, and dairy products.
32. The Mesa Verde Ancient Cliff Village is an Ancestral Pueblo (sometimes known as Anasazi) construction.
33. Mesa Verde features an elaborate four-story city carved in the cliffs by the Ancestral Pueblo between 600 to 1300 CE.
34. The Navajo tribe was often mistaken as descendants of the Anasazi people when they are not.
35. Colorado offers a wide variety of tours to their ghost towns that were once lively during the Gold Rush.
36. Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flat-topped mountain, is in Colorado.
37. In 1881 on Mount Antero, they discovered aquamarine.
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38. Colorado was once a mining and agricultural state, but manufacturing (chemicals, food processing, transportation equipment, and more) products and service industries also helped the economy.
39. Colorado, compared to the other states, has the highest elevation of at least a thousand meters.
40. The Rocky Mountain peaks are over ten thousand feet high.
41. In 1806, U. S. Army Lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike discovered Pike’s Peak.
42. In Colorado and Utah, at about a thousand feet below the surface of the Rocky Mountains, lies the largest untapped oil reserve in the world in the form of oil shale.
43. Upon the discovery of the oil shale, President Bush mandated its extraction on August 8, 2005.
44. In the southwest corner of Colorado is the Four Corners Monument, a quadripoint where the corners of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet. The area is the only place in America where the corners of four states meet.
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45. The highest point is Mount Elbert at 14, 433 feet.
46. The lowest point is the Arikaree River at 3, 315 feet.
47. The United States Air Force Academy is in Colorado Springs.
48. To help mine and haul silver and gold ores, they built the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The railroad has been in operation since 1881.
49. Colorado has the highest paved road in North America. The road going to Mount Evans goes up to 14, 258 feet above sea level.
50. The tallest dune in America is in Great Sand Dunes National Park. This strange landscape was the creation of wind and ocean waters more than one million years ago.
51. Katherine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” atop Pike’s Peak overlooking Colorado Springs.
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52. John Gregory discovered “The Gregory Lode” in 1859 in a gulch near Central City.
About two weeks later, the Gold Rush began, and the population went up to ten thousand people within two months, searching for their fortune.
53. The Gregory Lode was known as “The Richest Square Mile on Earth.”
54. The world’s largest natural hot springs pool is in Glenwood Springs, spanning over two blocks.
55. Denver is also known as the Mile-High City due to the city’s elevation of being exactly one mile, approximately 5, 280 feet above sea level.
56. In the state capital building in Denver, the thirteenth step is exactly one mile high above sea level.
57. In 1876, archeologists discovered the first stegosaurus fossil near Morrison, Colorado.
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58. Mike the Headless Chicken, or Miracle Mike, was a Wyandotte chicken whose head was not cleanly chopped off.
59. Secretary of State John Kerry comes from Aurora, Colorado.
60. Scott Carpenter is an astronaut from Boulder, Colorado.
61. Jack Dempsey, also known as Kid Blackie and the Manassa Mauler, hails from Manassa, Colorado.
62. Gene Fowler, a Denver native, was a writer known for his work in films such as The Call of the Wild (1935), A Message to Garcia (1936), and Billy the Kid (1941).
63. Eugene Foder, an American classical violinist, was born in Denver.
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64. Ouray was the Ute Indian Chief. The United States Government acknowledged Ouray for his leadership skills. Ouray traveled to Washington, D. C. to negotiate the welfare of the Ute people.
65. AnnaSophia Robb is known as an actress, singer, model, and a Denverite.
66. Tim Allen is a well-known and beloved TV and movie actor coming from Denver, Colorado.
67. Leonidas “Lon” Chaney was a proud Colorado Springs native who is a beloved stage and film actor.
68. Denver native Douglas Fairbanks was a comedian before becoming the bewitching black-and-white handsome devil for silent films such as The Mark of Zorro (1920), Robin Hood (1922), and The Thief of Baghdad (1940).
69. Jaye P. Morgan is a Mancos beauty that is more than just an actress as she was a singer and game show panelist.
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70. Dr. James Dobson is a Christian evangelical author who is well known for his work, Focus on the Family, a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families.
71. Paul Whiteman was Denverite who was proud to be crowned the King of Jazz.
72. David Fincher is a Denver native who directed the blockbuster movies Seven (1995), Fight Club (1999), and Gone Girl (2014).
73. Bill Harmsen was the inventor of the famous candy Jolly Ranchers (1949).
74. Matt Stone and Trey Parker are creators of the hilarious cartoon TV series South Park.
75. Frank J. Wisner, the inventor of the root beer float, formerly called the Black Cow.
76. In 1944, the car clamp was invented in Denver, Colorado, by Frank Marugg, a concert violinist.
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77. Most people think that the house from the sci-fi comedy movie Sleeper (1953) was just a set, but it is an actual house called the Sculptured House on Genesee Mountain in Jefferson County.
78. The inspiration behind Stephen King’s The Shining was The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.
79. Ice Castles, a 1958 film about an ice skater with a tragic story, was filmed in the Broadmoor World Arena, starring local Broadmoor ice skaters.
80. The Colorado environment was the inspiration for the set design for the 1983 movie Wargames. However, filming was in Los Angeles.
81. The music video for Jack White’s “Would You Fight For My Love?” was filmed in the Oxford Hotel’s Cruise Room.
82. The titular TV show South Park is set in Colorado and makes references to places around the state.
83. The house from the underrated TV show Mork & Mindy (starring the late Robin Williams) is in Boulder, Colorado.
84. Here’s Lucy had an episode filmed in the Air Force Academy in Colorado.
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85. The first license plate on a car in the United States was in Denver, Colorado, in 1908.
86. On March 5, 1935, Louise Ballast trademarked the word “cheeseburger.” His restaurant, the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado, is now a KeyBank location.
87. In 1993, Chipotle opened its first restaurant in Denver, Colorado.
88. The fifth-largest diamond ever found in the United States was near Kelsey Lake.
89. Throwing snowballs at persons or buildings is illegal in Aspen, Colorado.
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90. It is considered illegal to hit obstacles while on skis or snowboards in Vail, Colorado.
91. It is illegal to herd pigs in public in Boulder, Colorado.
92. It is illegal to pick the state’s official flower, the Colorado Blue Columbine, without the consent of the landowner or on public spaces.
93. As of 2019, no United States president or vice-president is a Colorado native.
94. In Picketwire Canyon, there are at least 1,300 dinosaur tracts preserved in the area.
95. The first teddy bear was created in The Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs by maids who later gifted it to Theodore Roosevelt.
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