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ANOTHER ANNIVERSARY FOR THE
For those of you under the age of fifty-seven and all non-native Coloradoans you may not know that August 1st is
Colorado Day, the anniversary of the day Colorado became a state. On August 1, 1876, president Ulysses S. Grant signed a
proclamation admitting Colorado as a state in the union. Colorado Day was celebrated as a State Holiday on August 1
for many years. But in 1985 when the state started observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a public holiday, Colorado Day was
no longer recognized as a public holiday, but rather an observance. Because of this legislative change, very few Coloradoans are
aware of the historic importance of August 1st in the history of our state.
The Colorado Territory was organized in the wake of the 1859
Pikes Peak Gold Rush and became an official recognized Territory on
February 28, 1861 and consisted of lands previously part of the Kansas,
Nebraska, Utah, and New Mexico territories. The origin of the word Colorado
is Spanish and means “colored red”. The name was first applied to
the Colorado River because of the red sandstone soil of the region and
subsequently used for the name of the Territory and then the State. The
State Motto “Nil sine numine” has been translated by Latin scholars
several different ways —“Nothing without Providence”; “Nothing
without God”; or “Nothing without Divine Will”. The blue, white, red
and gold of the flag are meant to represent the blue skies, white mountain
peaks, the red soil and the abundance of sunshine which are ever present in Colorado.
Here are some interesting facts you may want to know about the state in which you live, just in case you participate in
quiz games. Colorado is the 38th state admitted to the union, the 8th largest in terms of land mass, and is the 21st most populous
of the states, as well as having the highest elevation of any state with more than 1,000 Rocky Mountain peaks over 10,000
ft high and 54 towering above 14,000 ft.— Pikes Peak being, the most famous of these mountains. Everyone knows the song,
but did you know that Katherine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” atop Pikes Peak overlooking Colorado Springs.
Within the state’s total area of 104,091 square miles are 11 National Forests, 11 National Parks and 44 State Parks. Colorado has
the highest paved road in North America and the road to Mt. Evans climbs to 14,258 ft. above sea level. The world’s largest natural
hot springs pool covers 2 blocks in Glenwood Springs. The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile high
above sea level hence the nickname for Denver of the “Mile-High City.” Most people are aware that Colorado is an oil producing
state, but few realize that hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains (Colorado & Utah) lies the largest untapped
oil reserve in the world (in the form of oil shale). When the oil is extracted “America will become the world’s single biggest
oil source, exceeding Saudi Arabia.” Colorado is unique and special in many, many ways and as the saying goes “It is a privilege
to live in Colorado” and deserves to be celebrated.
So, Happy Birthday Colorado – may the next 141 be as great as the last 141 years of statehood!
Landlord News August 2017 Page 4