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On this day – Colorado enters the Union as the 38th State

August 1

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 1 of August, repeating indefinitely

On August 1, 1876, Colorado was admitted to the Union as our 38th state. The date is reflected in its nickname, “The Centennial State,” which refers to the 100th anniversary of American independence. 🎊🎆🇺🇸

With a beautiful landscape dominated by the Rocky Mountains, Colorado is home to 75% (!) of all U.S. land 10,000+ feet above sea level and contains the highest paved road in the country. Visitors to the state capital in Denver will find themselves an entire mile above sea level. 🏔🏔🏔

Did you know? “America the Beautiful” was written during a trip to Colorado. Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write the patriotic song after traveling to the top of Pike’s Peak.

What’s in a name? “Colorado” comes from the Spanish for “ruddy” or “red-colored” and likely refers to the red sandstone of the region. ❤️❤️❤️

A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie, Albert Bierstadt, 1866

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