Happy Colorado Day!

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.

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9 responses to “Happy Colorado Day!

  1. Dooty

    don’t forget the Telluride Bluegrass Festival!

  2. Dooty

    don’t forget the Durango Railroad and Colorado is one forth of “4 corners.”

  3. TempeBev

    also, you’re a lot cooler than Arizona!

    • dnd

      Bev,
      I probably won’t get much sympathy from you and Doots, but today is suppose to be the 15th day in a row when Denver hits over 90 degrees.

  4. Dog Hussein Dog

    Love the first photo.

    Interesting re the 1876 history.

  5. Dooty

    dnd, no relief to date 30 days over 100F so far very miserable 6:30 pm right now and it is 107 F and humidity at 21%. this week is supposed to be the hottest week of the year here. I can’t wait. 1980 it was over 100 for 42 days in a row I bet we smash that record.

  6. TempeBev

    You’re right, not much sympathy. Actually none 🙂

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