“The Centennial State” joined the Union during the nation’s 100th-anniversary year of 1876.
According to a 2014 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Coloradans have a life expectancy of 80.2 years, the longest of any state.
The Coors Brewing Company operates the world’s largest single-site brewery in Golden, Colorado.
North America’s tallest sand dune rises more than 700 feet above the valley floor in the Great Sand Dunes National Monument near Alamosa.
Colorado has no inheritance or estate taxes.
The federal government owns nearly 25 million acres in Colorado, about 37% of the entire state, including the U.S. Air Force Academy and NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), as well as four National Parks, 11 National Forests, and 42 National Wilderness Areas.
The town of Deer Trail hosted the world’s first rodeo on July 4, 1869.
Well-known Colorado natives include actors Tim Allen, Lon Cheney, and Douglas Fairbanks; astronauts Scott Carpenter and Jack Swigert; Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser; boxer Jack Dempsey; MLB pitchers Goose Gossage and Roy Halladay; writer Ken Kesey; Supreme Court justices Byron White and Neal Gorsuch; and South Park creator Trey Parker.
Gold & Ghost Towns
The discovery of gold outside of Colorado Springs in 1859 set off the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. The world’s largest silver nugget weighing 1,840 pounds was unearthed near Aspen in 1894. Today, the state has more than 640 ghost towns.
Colorado’s average elevation of 6,800 feet above sea level is the highest of any state and contains 75% of the land area of the U.S. with an altitude of over 10,000 feet.