Colorado

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Colorado Quick Facts

  • State Abbreviation – CO
  • State Capital – Denver
  • Largest City – Denver
  • Name for Residents – Coloradans
  • Major Industries – agriculture (wheat, cattle, sheep), tourism (especially skiers), mining (gold, silver), oil, finance, and manufacturing
  • Major Rivers – Colorado River, Rio Grande, Arkansas River, South Platte River
  • Major Lakes – Grand Lake, Blue Mesa Reservoir, John Martin Reservoir
  • Origin of the Name Colorado – The word Colorado is Spanish for the “color red,” and refers to the muddy Colorado River
  • State Nickname – Centennial State, Colorful Colorado
  • State Motto – “Nil sine Numine” – Nothing Without Providence
  • State Song – Where the Columbines Grow

Other Colorado Fun Facts

Olympics
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.
Air Force
The United States Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs.
Mountains
The world’s largest flat-top mountain is in Grand Mesa.
Federal Government
The United States federal government owns more than 1/3 of the land in Colorado.
Highest City
Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the United States at 10,430 feet elevation. Because there was lots of “silver” named towns at the time, the founding fathers suggested Leadville.
Valentines
Hundreds of thousands of valentines are re-mailed each year from Loveland.
Rodeos
Every year Denver host the worlds largest Rodeo, the Western Stock show.

Colorado By the Numbers

Area (Sq Miles)

Colorado is the 8th biggest state in the USA

Population

(as of 2013) Colorado is the 22nd most populous state in the USA

Highest Point (ft)

Mt. Elbert; 14,433 feet (4,399 m) above sea level

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Land above 10000 feet

Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the U.S. with an altitude over 10,000 feet.

state wildlife areas

Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming

Highest Tunnel (ft)

The Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel between Clear Creek & Summit counties is the highest auto tunnel in the world. Bored at an elevation of 11,000 feet under the Continental Divide it is 8,960 feet long and the average daily traffic exceeds 26,000 vehicles.

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