On August 1, 1876, President U.S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting Colorado as a state. It was a ploy to get the electoral college votes for Republican Rutherford B. Hayes to get elected. Hayes won 185-184. If Colorado had not joined the Union, Samuel J. Tilden would have been elected president.
In 1893 Colorado became the first state to allow women the right to vote. Wyoming was next.
The Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park was opened last week for the first time this year because of exceptional snowfall this spring. The temperature at the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in southern Colorado hit 114 degrees.
The best sweet corn in the world comes from Olathe due to it’s cool nights and warm days. The sweetest melons, especially cantaloupe, come from Rocky Ford. The best peaches come from Palisade and the greatest chilies come from Brighton to Pueblo. We’ve got vineyards on the western slope and waves of grain on the eastern plains.
We host the National Western Stock Show in the winter and the Greeley Stampede in the summer.
We have wilderness areas, Forest Service land, BLM land, BIA land and National Parks.
We have Hispanics, Asians, Europeans and Native Americans.
All of our neighboring states are great neighbors.
The one thing we can’t seem to do is grow a decent tomato. But our Governor use to run a great brewpub, so maybe that makes up for it.