10 Fascinating Facts About Colorado

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Most people associate Colorado with vivid landscapes of mountains and forests, the deepest and largest hot springs and its wildlife. But there are so many things about it that make it even more special and the Coloradans should be proud.

The following list is not full but it is just enough in fact to swear by. Enjoy!

1. The name of the state, Colorado, has its origin in the Spanish language, as the word for "colored red". " The early Spanish explorers in the Rocky Mountain region named a river they found the Rio Colorado for the reddish silt that the water carried down from the mountains.

2. The Grand Mesa is a large mesa in western Colorado in the United States. It is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world.


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3. In 1993, Ells opened the first Chipotle Mexican Grill in Denver, Colorado, in a former Ice Cream store at 1644 East Evans Avenue, near the University of Denver campus, using an $85,000 loan from his father.


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4. Four Corners Monument is the only place in the United States where four states meet: Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

5. The creation of the root beer float was invented in 1893 by Colorado gold mine owner Frank J. Wisner.

6. The inspiration behind "America the beautiful" was the view of Pikes Peak from the Carroll Lakes. Katharine Lee Bates' trip up the Colorado mountain inspired her poem "America", later to become the song "America the Beautiful."

7. A prison located in Florence, Colorado called the SuperMax is the highest-security level of federal prison in the country. The long list of inmates includes many international and domestic terrorists, along with double agents.

8. The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado was the inspiration behind Stephen King’s legendary horror novel, "The Shining". You can read the whole story here: The short and spooky story behind Colorado's Stanley Hotel.

9. The first Stegosaurus fossil was found in Colorado, USA, in 1876 by M. P. Felch. Paleontologist Othniel C. Marsh named Stegosaurus in 1877.


Photo: Travis on Flickr

10. The Jolly Rancher company was founded in 1949 by Bill and Dorothy Harmsen of Golden and was first sold in candy and ice cream stores in Denver. The name was supposed to remind people of the hospitality of the west.

Was there anything you didn't know of? What is your most and least favorite thing about Colorado? Please share it in the comments!

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