Colorado

Nil Sine Numine

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Statehood History

Before we start with the interesting facts and topics, we have to start with the statehood history. What happened when and before Colorado became a state. Colorado was first inhabited by the Native Americans. Not long after.Spanish hunters and trappers settled in in the Colorado region. Westward expansion brought Europeans to the area and Colorado history began, with treaties and wars with the Mexicans and Native Americans who already lived in the area. In the early days of the Colorado Gold Rush,Colorado was territory of Kansas and territory of Jefferson. Colorado became a state 1876. Colorado became the 38th state to join our nation when President Ulysses Grant signed a proclamation of official statehood. Colorado is known as the centennial state because it became a state exactly 100 years after the U.S. became a country.

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Physical Features

Believe it or not, Colorado is mostly known for its geographical diversity. Therefore, Colorado has many physical features and land forms. First of all, the Central Rockies run through Colorado. Mountain elevations create low valley measuring. Mt. Elbertra is 14,440 miles above sea level according to the U.S. national park service. Colorado also has many lakes. The Rocky Mountain National park in Colorado features 150 lakes. That is just 1 park! Imagine how many lakes in the whole state.The largest lakes in Colorado are Sweitzer, Sylvan, Barr, Ramona, Vallecito, Steamboat, Gunnison, and Green. Some of Colorado's mountains are Pikes Peak, Mount Elbert, Longs Peak, Mount Evans, Mount Sneffels, and Gray's Peak. Colorado is truly an AMAZING state known to have many Physical features.
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Agriculture

Colorado has a very interesting agriculture history and what animals they raise in Colorado. In fact, over half of Colorado is covered in farmland. Livestock and livestock products account for most of Colorado's farm income. Beef cattle are the leading product. Colorado is also a leading product in sheep,hogs, and other poultry. Colorado is a huge producer that raises crops such as corn, hay, wheat, barley, beans, cabbage, carrots, onions, sugar beets, sunflowers, apples, cantaloupe, and peaches. Peaches is also another leading product. Colorado raises sheep for both meat and wool. Wine production is a growing industry, especially in the Delta and Mesa counties.
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Natural Resources

Colorado is one of the leading states in the U.S. with the most abundant amount of natural resources. Colorado has an ample amount of clean-burning oil (which is used to produce most of the electricity in the state. In 2011, Colorado was the ninth largest coal producing state. U.S.coal in Colorado is mined in underground mines that can extend as far as 2,700 feet underground. Colorado is also a home to many oil fields as well as refineries to turn oil into products. In 2013, Colorado ranked ninth state in the nation to produce oil. In addition to all that oil, Colorado also bases some of the largest natural gas fields. Natural gas is increasingly considered an important source, because it burns cleaner that other fossil fuels. Lots of Colorado's natural gas comes from an unexpected source; coal mines.
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Places of Intrest

Many people travel to Colorado each year. In fact, about 2.1 million tourists from all over the world take a trip to visit Colorado. But where do they go in Colorado? Why do they choose Colorado out of the other 50 states in the U.S.? Denver is the capital of Colorado, home to the Broncos, and one of Colorado's most famous cities. Denver includes old Western history, plenty of history museums, and hundreds of bars and restaurants. Aspen is also another place of interest. Aspen is a very luxurious ski resort town and a year-round destination for outdoor recreation. This place of interest is known for its high-end boutiques, restaurants, and landmarks such as the 1889 Wheeler opera house. Colorado Springs is my last place of interest. Colorado Springs is a city in Colorado is a city in Colorado located in the Eastern foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This city features one of Colorado's most famous tourist attractions: Garden of the Gods.

State Trivia

  • Colorado became a state in 1876
  • Colorado's state bird is the Lark Bunting
  • Colorado's state flower is the Rocky Mountain Blue Columbine
  • Colorado's motto is Nil Sine Numine (which means "Nothing without Providence")
  • Colorado holds the world record for the largest video game collection
  • Colorado holds the world record for the fastest time to balance a dozen eggs
  • Colorado holds the world record for the longest marathon playing pool.
  • Colorado holds the world record fro the most people doling T-shirts simultaneously
  • Colorado holds the world record for the largest model train store

About the writer

Hi my name is Mia Rinaldi. I am 10 years old and I am a competitive dancer and pianist.