Colorado Fun Facts
- "Beulah red" is the name of the
red marble that gives the Colorado State Capitol its distinctive
splendor. Cutting, polishing, and installing the marble in
the Capitol took six years, from 1894 to 1900. All of the
"Beulah red" marble in the world went into the
Capitol. It cannot be replaced, at any price.
- Colorado is the only state in history, to
turn down the Olympics. In 1976 the Winter Olympics were
planned to be held in Denver. 62% of all state Voters choose
at almost the last minute not to host the Olympics, because
of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have
on the State Of Colorado, and the City of Denver.
- The United States Air Force Academy is located
in Colorado Springs.
- The world's largest flat-top mountain is
in Grand Mesa.
- Trail Ridge Road (US-34) passing through
Rocky Mountain National Park between Estes Park and Grand
Lake is the highest continuously paved highway in the United
States. It crosses the Continental Divide at 12,183 feet
above sea level.
- In Fruita, the town folk celebrate 'Mike
the Headless Chicken Day'. Seems that a farmer named L.A.
Olsen cut off Mike's head on September 10, 1945 in anticipation
of a chicken dinner - and Mike lived for another 4 years
without a head.
- The LoDo region of Denver stands for Lower
- Denver, lays claim to the invention of the
cheeseburger. The trademark for the name Cheeseburger was
awarded in 1935 to Louis Ballast.
- 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.
- Colorado means "colored red" and
is known as the "Centennial State."
- The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge
Railroad continues to provide year round train service operating
a historical train with rolling stock indigenous to the line.
The line was constructed primarily to haul mine ores, both
gold and silver, from the San Juan Mountains.
- The United States federal government owns
more than 1/3 of the land in Colorado.
- Colorado contains 75% of the land area of
the U.S. with an altitude over 10,000 feet.
- Colorado has 222 state wildlife areas.
- Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous
street in America.
- The 13th step of the state capital building
in Denver is exactly 1 mile high above sea level.
- The Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel between
Clear Creek & Summit counties is the highest auto tunnel
in the world. Bored at an elevation of 11,000 feet under
the Continental Divide it is 8,960 feet long and the average
daily traffic exceeds 26,000 vehicles.
- 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.
- Katherine Lee Bates wrote "America
the Beautiful" after being inspired by the view from
- Hundreds of thousands of valentines are
re-mailed each year from Loveland.
- Fountain, has the distinction of being the
United States' millennium city because it best symbolizes
the overall composition of America. Fountain is the most
accurate representation of the American "melting pot."
Fountain was chosen after a Queens College sociologist crunched
Census Bureau statistics in an effort to find the one city
in the country that best represented the population make-up
of the United States.
- Pueblo is the only city in America with
four living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
- The tallest building in Colorado is the
Republic Plaza at 57 stories high, in Denver.
- Every year Denver host the worlds largest
Rodeo, the Western Stock show.
- 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.
- Dove Creek is the "Pinto Bean"
capital of the world.
- The tallest sand dune in America is in Great
Sand Dunes National Monument outside of Alamosa. This bizarre
46,000-acre landscape of 700-foot sand peaks was the creation
of ocean waters and wind more than one million years ago.
- The World's First Rodeo was held on July
4th, 1869 in Deer Trail.
- Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike explored
the southwest portion of the Louisiana Territory in 1806
and though he never climbed the peak that bears his name,
he did publish a report that attracted a lot of interest
to the area.
- The slogan of "Pikes Peak or Bust,"
painted across many of the prairie schooners, was born at
a time as fortune hunters headed west. Although only a handful
of those who flocked to the region ever found gold.
- At 14,110 feet above sea level over 400,000
people ascend Pikes Peak each year.
- The aptly named town of Twin Lakes lays
adjacent two natural lakes at the foot of Colorado's highest
Fourteener, Mt. Elbert.
- 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.
- Rocky Ford has been dubbed the "melon
capital of the world."
- The Yampa River below the northwest town
of Craig holds northern pike in the 20-pound range, while
the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers are prime spots for
- Colorado has the highest mean altitude of
all the states.
- 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
- Colorado has more microbreweries per capita
than any other state.
- The Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington
dates back to 1905, making it the oldest wooden merry-go-round
in the United States. It is the only wooden carousel in America
still with its original paint.
- The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
has been in continuous operation since 1881 and has appeared
in more than a dozen movies including How the West Was Won
(1963) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).
- 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.
- The world's largest natural hot springs
pool located in Glenwood Springs. The two-block long pool
is across the street from the historic Hotel Colorado, a
favorite stop of former president Teddy Roosevelt.
- Built in 1867 by Seth Lake, the Astor House
in Golden was the first stone hotel built west of the Mississippi
- Colorado's southwest corner borders Arizona,
New Mexico and Utah the only place in America where the corners
of four states meet.
- There are nearly 20 rivers whose headwaters
begin in Colorado, with the Continental Divide directing
each river's course.
- The Colorado Rockies play at the 50,000
seat Coors Field, located in downtown Denver.
- In 1859, John Gregory discovered "The
Gregory Lode" in a gulch near Central City. Within two
weeks, the gold rush was on and within two months the population
grew to 10,000 people in search of their fortune. It came
to be known as "The Richest Square Mile on Earth".
- Colorado's first and oldest military post,
Fort Garland was established in 1858 and commanded by the
legendary frontiersman Kit Carson.
- Abundant nesting and migrating birds and
other native animals provide a "world- class" watchable
wildlife experience. Bald eagles and other raptors, sandhill
cranes, shore birds and water birds can be seen seasonally
at San Luis Lakes near Alamosa.
- Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
near Cripple Creek is a lesson in history set in the one-time
shadow of the Guffey Volcano. The volcano erupted millions
of years ago, creating fossils and leaving the valley filled
with petrified trees.
- John Henry "Doc" Holliday's brief
and tumultuous existence led him to Glenwood Springs where
he succumbed to tuberculosis and died at the Hotel Glenwood
on November 8, 1887.