The state of Colorado became the official state of the United States in 1876 as the 38th state in a row. It is located in the midwestern part of the United States and borders seven states – Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. Its capital is the largest metropolis of the state of Denver.
The area of today’s Colorado has long been inhabited by indigenous people. The eastern part of today’s state came under the administration of the United States after the purchase of a large area from France in 1803. In 1861, part of this territory became the territory of Colorado, already within the borders of the later state. This officially became Colorado in 1876, a hundred years after the founding of the United States itself.
The geography of the state of Colorado is very diverse – it offers high mountains, but also desert areas and canyons. In Colorado, there are over five hundred mountains with peaks above 4,000 meters above sea level, and at the same time Colorado is the only state in the United States that is entirely above 1,000 meters above sea level.
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The high Rocky Mountains extend into the state of Colorado, resp. its southern part of the Southern Rocky Mountains, with the highest peak Mount Elbert at an altitude of 4401 meters. Furthermore, a large part of the territory is occupied by the so-called Great Plains, which is a flat country with typical prairies and steppes. The name of the state was given by the Colorado River, which originates in the Rocky Mountains.
The weather in Colorado is very variable and can change quickly. On the one hand, Colorado is characterized by heavy snowfall, especially in higher altitudes. At the same time, there are very hot and dry summers, especially on the eastern plains. Temperatures here regularly rise above 30 degrees Celsius in the summer. Rainfall is average and is mostly concentrated in the spring months.
Historically, agriculture has been important to Colorado’s economy, especially livestock and dairy production. However, since the 1950s, Colorado has become heavily industrialized and industry is now the most important part of the state’s economy; The food industry and the production of equipment for the transport industry and aviation are developing here in particular. Millions of tourists visit mainly mountain resorts, and tourism also has an irreplaceable place in the Colorado economy.
The center of Colorado is the capital city of Denver; The metropolitan area around this city has about 3 million inhabitants. Other major cities are Colorado Springs and Aurora.
The capital of Colorado – Denver
The capital of the state of Colorado is the city of Denver. It is the capital of a state with about 600,000 inhabitants, while the wider agglomeration around this city includes up to 3 million inhabitants. Denver was founded in 1858 and, along with the recognition of Colorado as an official state in 1876, became its capital.
The city was founded in 1858 as a mining town during the gold rush, then still in the Kansas Territory. In 1861, it was officially recognized as a city, and six years later it became the capital of what was then Colorado. After the territory became an official state in 1876, Denver remained the capital of the newly formed state. The connection to the railroad, which arrived in Denver in 1870, was particularly important for the city’s development.
Denver is located in downtown Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. It is located at a relatively high altitude (1608 meters) and the climate here is continental. Summers tend to be very warm with the highest daily temperatures well above 30 degrees, and winter is characterized by relatively heavy snowfall. The weather is usually pleasantly sunny; the sun in Denver shines over 300 days a year.
Today, Denver and the surrounding agglomerations are the main center of the state. It is connected to Interstate 25 from north to south and Interstate 70 connecting Colorado with Kansas and Utah. The main airport is Denver International Airport, which is one of the busiest airports in the United States – it handles over 50 million passengers every year.
The Colorado flag was adopted in 1964.
|Abbreviation||CO (Reference: AbbreviationFinder)|
|Area||269 602 km 2|
|Accession to the Union||Aug 1, 1876|
|The highest point||Mount Elbert (4,401 m)|
In the American state of Colorado, the Crested Butte resort , which is sometimes also called “Beaut” – lies between the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. There are 85 regularly maintained slopes on its 450 hectares of challenging terrain. More experienced skiers will enjoy themselves here, as the slopes are mostly very steep.
Skiers are provided with a 150-year-old cowboy town, which lies at an altitude of almost 3,000 meters. It provides a wonderful view of the surrounding snowy landscape. The western atmosphere is complemented by original log buildings, traditional saloons with country music or ancient street lighting. A unique experience is also a visit to a stylish restaurant made of wood and stone, where a fire blazes in the fireplace, and live pianists take care of the music. When you enter the street, you are surrounded by peace and meters of powder drifts. At sunset, you will have a beautiful view of the snowy and golden peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Crested Butte is also a place inextricably linked to the world’s most famous robbers – Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid, who have lived here for a long time and hid from the law.