The US Declaration of Independence was signed on August 2nd, 1776. On August 1st, 1876, a century later, Colorado became the 38th state to join the Union.
Quite naturally, the state is nicknamed the ‘Centennial State.’ Located right at the heart of contiguous US, the state of Colorado is best known for its high elevations and diverse terrain. The state has 53 Fourteeners – mountain peaks measuring over 14,000 feet high. The state is also known for a number of ‘high altitude’ records: Grand Mesa, the largest flat top mountain in the world is in Colorado; the highest incorporated city in the country, Leadville, is in Lake County (CO), and so is the highest paved road in the continent, (Mt Evans Road).
Coloradans are known for their dedication to fitness, and for their outdoorsy lifestyle, but it is also the only US state that turned down an Olympics bid (1976 Winter Olympics). And there is much more Colorado is known for; The world’s largest Rodeo, the National Western Stock Show, is hosted in Denver every January. The very first Rodeo was hosted in Deer Trail in 1869. The state has more microbreweries (per capita) than any other US state. It is also known for Mesa Verde National Park, the Rocky Mountain National Park & Forest, Pike’s Peak, and some of the best skiing in the country.
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