The State of Colorado State Project By: Parsh Patel 5/20/2013
State Facts • Colorado is often referred to as the “Centennial State”. Denver is the capital of this state. • In 1976 the state of Colorado was invited to host the Winter Olympics. However, a majority of the state voted not to allow the event to take place due to the negative effects it could have on the state. • Colorado is home to the United States Air Force Academy. • A strange state law that would seem common sense states that it is illegal for any person to throw a missile at a car. • The largest flat-top mountain in the world is located in Colorado. It is known as Grand Mesa. • This state houses the largest number of wildlife reserves. Over 200 such reserves are located in the state. • The largest and most revered rodeo in the world takes place in Colorado. • More microbreweries are located in the state of Colorado than in any other state. • The state tree is the “Colorado Blue Spruce”. • Colorado has a total of 64 counties. The largest county in the state is El Paso.
Colorado State Flag and Seal • The Colorado State Flag was designed by Andrew Carlisle Johnson and adopted by the Colorado General Assembly on June 5, 1911 • The circular Seal of the State of Colorado is an adaptation of the Territorial Seal which was adopted by the First Territorial Assembly on November 6, 1861. The only changes made in the Territorial Seal design being the substitution of the words, "State of Colorado" and the figures "1876". The first General Assembly of the State of Colorado approved the adoption of the state seal on March 15, 1877. • The field is comprised of three alternate stripes, the two outer stripes colored blue and the middle stripe white. At one fifth the length of the flag from the staff end is the letter "C". The color of the "C" is red. The center of the letter "C" is filled with the color gold. • By statute, the seal of the State is two and one-half inches in diameter.
State Bird and Flower State Bird: The Lark Bunting was adopted as the official state bird on April 29, 1931. The Lark Bunting is a migrant bird. The male bird is black with snowy white wing patches and edgings, tail coverts and outer tail feathers. The female bird is gray brown above and white below with dusky streaks. The male bird is six to seven inches while the female is slightly smaller. State Flower: The white and lavender Columbine was adopted as the official state flower on April 4, 1899 by an act of the General Assembly. In 1925, the General Assembly made it the duty of all citizens to protect this rare species from needless destruction or waste.
Colorado State Quarter Colorado State Quarterswere released on June 14, 2006 as the thirty-eighth coin in the State Quarter series. Colorado’s original Statehood date was August 1, 1876. The reverse design of the Colorado Quarter features the Rocky Mountains. The inscriptions include the State name, Statehood date, mintage date. The coin’s reverse was designed and engraved by Norman Nemeth.
Colorado License Plate Available For: Passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, motor homes, buses, passenger vans. About: This identifying plate permits qualified applicants to park their vehicle or a vehicle in which they are a passenger in designated disability parking spaces Available For: Trucks that do not have an empty weight of over 16,000 pounds. Who Qualifies: Any person with a Trailer, Utility Trailer, Trailer Coach or Multi-purpose Trailer.
Agricultural Products • Colorado's agricultural production is dominated (75%) by livestock and livestock products, driven by the cattle industry. Over 60% of the state's agricultural revenues are provided by the growth of cattle and calves. • Livestock • Cattle and calves are the driving force in Colorado's agricultural commodity marketplace and make the state a top-ten livestock producer. Colorado cattle graze on mountainsides and on the plains. • Other livestock products include hogs, sheep, lambs, and chicken eggs. • Crops • Important field crops are wheat, corn and hay. • Apples are the leading fruit crop.
Industries and Non Agriculture products The state of Colorado is famous for the following industries and products other than agriculture and live stock Industries Tourism: Tourism is an important basic industry in the state. It accounts for about 5% of state GSP (gross state product) and about 11.3% of jobs. Service: Service industries make up the largest portion of Colorado's GSP. Community, business and personal services rank first followed by finance and insurance. Products Mined or Manufactured: Leading manufactured products are scientific instruments. Computers and communications equipment are the leading types of machinery manufactured in Colorado. Chief mined products are oil, coal, and natural gas.
Pikes Peak – Colorado’s National Historic Landmark Pikes Peak is a mountain in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains within Pike National Forest. Originally it was called "El Capitán" by Spanish settlers, the mountain was renamed Pike's Peak after Zebulon Pike, Jr., an explorer who led an expedition to the southern Colorado area in 1806. It stands at 14,115 feet above sea level and 8400 feet above the city of Colorado Springs. Pikes Peak is a, designated National Historic Landmark.
Central City/Black Hawk Historic District On May 5, 1859, John H. Gregory discovered a rich deposit of gold in hard rock. Thousands of miners flooded into Gregory Gulch in the next few months in the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. Several mining camps were thrown up near the Gregory Lode, and these camps eventually turned into Central City and Black Hawk. The area around the Gregory Lode quickly came to be known as the Richest Square Mile on Earth.