Colorado: 139 Years of Awesome
This Saturday, all of us here in Colorado will be celebrating our home state’s birthday. On August 1, 1876, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation that admitted our Centennial State (named so because of the 100 year mark of the United States as a country) to the union.
Now, 139 years later, colorful Colorado is a common destination many people flock to in order to experience the many beauties and diverse activities Colorado has to offer. From white water rafting on the Colorado River, to horseback riding and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. While swimming in one of our many reservoirs, to skiing and snowboarding in any one of the resorts, there’s something for everyone here.
Fun facts about Colorado:
1. The state flower is the White & Lavender Columbine.
2. The state bird is the Lark Bunting.
3. Colorado is 104,094 square feet.
4. It is the 8th largest state in the United States.
5. It is the only state to ever reject hosting the Olympic Games because the taxpayers did not want the tax revenue to finance the games. This was for the 1976 Winter Olympics.
6. “Colorado” means “Colored Red”
7. Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the U.S. with an altitude of over 10,000 feet. (We have breathtaking 14ers.)
8. The world’s largest flat top mountain is located in Grand Mesa, Colorado.
9. Colorado has 222 state wildlife areas.
And the most important fact (according to us breweries):
10. In 2014, Colorado produced 1,673,686 barrels of craft beer (Brewer’s Assoc. 2014)
Where are YOU from? And have you made it out to Colorado yet?
Happy 139th Birthday, Colorado! Cheers!