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Happy birthday, Colorado!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

In case you haven’t noticed, I love Colorado. I love everything there is to do in Colorado, I love the mountains, I love pride, and this summer I grew to love the feeling of Colorado community. This has been an unusually hot and hard summer. Fires and tragedies called attention to our state internationally, but so did our pride.

August 1st is Colorado Day.

What is Colorado Day? Well, Colorado’s birthday, of course. She is turning 136 and is more beautiful than ever.

In honor of Colorado Day at the Colorado State Capitol, flags are displayed.  They were set up on Friday and it was so beautiful, I had to share it with you guys.

 

This flag covers all 3 floors. Now that's a lot of Colorado pride!

You're never too old to watercolor a Colorado State flag :)

 

Now, since I have acquired many Colorado facts over the years and during my summer at the Capitol, I will leave you with some “Did you know” Colorado facts. . .

Did You Know…?

Colorado is home to 54 14,000-ft mountain peaks – the most in the Nation!

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.

Katherine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” from the top of Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain.

Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks in City limits and 20,000 Acres of parks in the nearby mountains.

Colorado is the Centennial State. We were given this nickname because we were the only state to enter the union on America’s 100th birthday.

We’ve also been called the healthiest and most active state…but how could we not be with so many 14ers to climb?!

And one Boulder fact…

Boulder was ranked first among the 25 “smartest cities in America” for the second year in a row, according to Forbes. The magazine placed Boulder at the top of its list of smartest cities based on data compiled from the largest metropolitan areas in the country that the magazine ranked based on percentage of population age 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree.

And!

Did you know that the University of Colorado was founded in 1876? The same year that Colorado became a state!

 

You can read more here:

http://www.colorado.edu/news/facts/

http://www.denver.org/pdf/Colorado%20Fun%20Facts-Full.pdf 

Amanda
International Affairs | Political Science • Colorado Springs, Colorado

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