Did you know, Colorado is known as the “Centennial State” because it became a state in 1876, 100 years after the signing of our nation’s Declaration of Independence? The 38th state to enter the union is one of the most majestic. Rocky Mountain views eclipse the horizon in nearly every direction. But Colorado offers much more than that… it has an extensive history, unmatched elevation and family fun attractions.
The abundance of natural resources attracted the ancient Pueblo peoples and later the Plains Indians to the area. In 1958, the discovery of gold attracted new settlers to Colorado. From the 1860s-1880s, Colorado was the scene of intense battles, known as the Plains Indian Wars. To this day, Colorado uses natural resources to fuel the economy more than any other state.
The average altitude in Colorado is 6,800 feet, and there are 5,280 feet in a mile… making it the only state in America with an average altitude over a mile high! Amazingly, there are 58 named peaks over 14,000 feet! If you can’t get enough elevation, go on an adventure to the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. It’s the highest paved road in the U.S. and it climbs to 14,258 feet!
If you ever have an opportunity to go to Colorado, take a trip down to the southwest corner of the state. This is where Colorado borders three other states, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. This is the only place in the United States where the corners four states meet. Head to Four Corners Monument to literally be in four places at once!
Voting Against the Olympics
Colorado is the only state to turn down an opportunity to host the Olympics. In 1976, it was supposed to be held in Denver, but citizens voted against it. Taxpayers claimed it would cost too much, create pollution and increase population, which outweighed the potential boom in the economy. Oddly enough, Colorado is home to the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Olympic Training Center.
We were not surprised to find such delectable treats in the great state of Colorado. Our subscribers have been raving about this box as a whole, but in particular, we’ve heard wonderful things about the Colorado Green Chili Potato Chips, Hammond’s Root Beer Drops and Enstrom Almond Toffee.
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Source: History, Uncover Colorado