Today marks the 135th anniversary of Colorado's statehood.
In honor of Colorado Day (and because I have a lot of Colorado pride), here are 10 interesting facts about my great state!
- 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.
- Every year Denver host the world's largest Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show (Let's keep it in Denver! Go to www.saveourstockshow.com)
- There are nearly 20 rivers whose headwaters begin in Colorado, with the Continental Divide directing each river's course.
- The highest suspension bridge in the world is over the Royal Gorge near Canon City. The Royal Gorge Bridge spans the Arkansas River at a height of 1,053 feet.
- Mesa Verde features an elaborate four-story city carved in the cliffs by the Ancestral Pueblo people between 600 and 1300 A.D. The mystery surrounding this ancient cultural landmark is the sudden disappearance of the thousands of inhabitants who created the more than 4,000 identified structures.
- The Colorado Rockies are part of the North American Cordillera, which stretches 3,000 miles from Alaska, through western Canada and the United States, into northern Mexico. The centerpieces of this dramatic uplift are the peaks over 14,000 feet, or "Fourteeners," as they are affectionately referred to by climbers. There are 52 Fourteeners in Colorado.
- Dove Creek Colorado, in the Southwest part of the state, is the "Pinto Bean" capital of the world.
- Pueblo is the only city in America with four living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
- Katherine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” after being inspired by the view from Pikes Peak.
- Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America.