10 Interesting Colorado Facts
This is a list of Colorado facts,a collection of interesting facts, fitures, information about people, places and history of the state. The state was named for the Colorado River, which early Spanish explorers named the Río Colorado for the red colored silt the river carried from the mountains.
On August 1, 1876, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting Colorado as the 38th state. Colorado is nicknamed the “Centennial State” because it was admitted to the Union as the 38th state in 1876, the centennial year of the United States Declaration of Independence. Below is the list about 10 Interesting Colorado facts.
1. Great Sand Dunes National Monument, near Alamosa, contains some of the largest and highest sand dunes in North America.
2. In 1858 a party of prospectors led by William Green Russell discovered gold in what is now downtown Denver.
3. With an average elevation of about 2070 m (6800 ft), Colorado is the highest of all the states.
4. Millions of pronghorn and bison roamed the high plains of Colorado before the species were hunted nearly to extinction.
5. The United States Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs.
6. The world’s largest flat-top mountain is in Grand Mesa.
7. The highest paved road in North America is the Road to Mt. Evans off of I-70 from Idaho Springs. The Road climbs up to 14,258 Ft. above sea level.
8. The United States federal government owns more than 1/3 of the land in Colorado.
9. Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America.
10. Colorado is the only state in history, to turn down the Olympics. In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver. 62% of all state Voters choose at almost the last minute not to host the Olympics, because of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on the State Of Colorado, and the City of Denver. This is the last Colorado Facts on this list.
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