Happy Birthday Colorado! You sexy beast you!!!
On August 1, 1876 Colorado officially became a state. Yep, that’s right, the old girl is turning 140 today, and she’s just as sexy as ever.
Let’s look at a few of her accomplishments over the years…
There are a lot of jokes bout Colorado being the “Rocky Mountain High” state these days, (The first state ever to generate more tax money from marijuana than from alcohol. Oh John Denver, how we love thee…)
Still Colorado has been the highest state for a long time, and it wasn’t always about the marijuana.
Colorado is the only U.S. state that wholly sits above 1000 meters in elevation, it has the highest average elevation, as well as the highest low point of any state in the U. S. as well. The city of Leadville is the highest incorporated city in America, at 10, 430 feet high. The Pikes Peak Cog Railway is the highest cog rail train in the world, and the highest paved road in North America resides in Colorado, (from Idaho Springs to Mt. Evans, is 14,258 Ft. above sea level.) Until 2001, Colorado’s Royal Gorge Bridge was the highest bridge in the world (955 feet to the deck).
Colorado also lays claim to the Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flat-top mountain. The largest Sand Dune in America is here as well, 700 feet tall and covering 46,000 acres it sits neatly at the feet of snow capped mountains outside of Alamosa. In Denver, you will find Colfax Avenue, the longest continuous street in the U.S. and the largest airport in the U. S. by total area, Denver International Airport.
She is known as the “highest state” for many, many reasons and she has earned every inch of it.
She’s been progressive for a long while too…
Colorado was the first state to grant women the right to vote in 1893, (Wyoming was still a territory when it granted women the right to vote in 1869.) As well as being the first state to elect a woman to legislature, in 1894. Even now, Colorado boasts the highest number of women in legislature of any state, as 41% of our states leaders are women.
And we can’t forget that the words to “America the Beautiful” were written after Katherine Lee Bates witnessed the view of Colorado from atop Pikes Peak.
Need more Colorado facts to celebrate this grand old gals 140th birthday?
Check out… Colorado Fun Facts!