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1913 Colorado Springs

 
History:
The state was named after the Spanish word "Colorado," which means "reddish colored" that presumably refers to the red sandstone formations in the area or reddish brown color of the Colorado River.

The territory that ultimately became Colorado was added to the United States by the 1803 Louisiana Purchase and the 1848 Mexican Cession. The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859 brought many settlers to the Denver area, though the population collapsed following an initial mining boom.

The Colorado Territory was organized as a United States territory on February 28, 1861, and Colorado attained statehood August 1, 1876, 100 years after the signing of our nation's Declaration of Independence (earning it the nickname the "Centennial State")

State Motto:
Nil sine numine
(Latin, "Nothing without Providence"
or "Nothing without the Deity")

         

Facts About Colorado:
Colorado lies between 37 and 41 north latitude, and 102 and109 west longitude. Its breadth is 276 miles; the length of its southern boundary is 387 miles, and of its north boundary 366 miles.

There are 18 forest reserves in the State, comprising over 22,000 square miles.

The coal area of Colorado exceeds 18,000 square miles, or about 17 per cent of the total area, 103,948 square miles.

The gold district of Colorado embraces about 20 counties in the central and western mountains part of the State. Silver is distributed in places within the same area. Some gold and silver ores carry lead and copper in varying quantities.

The eastern third of Colorado is composed of high plains; the middle third, of the Rocky Mountains; and the western third, of plateaus and valleys sloping uneverly toward the Utah line.

The principal mountain chains are Front Range, Park Range, Sawatch Range, San Juan Range, and Sangre de Cristo Range. The Continental Divide jumps from one range to another, varying in elevation from 10,000 feet to 14,436 feet above sea level.

The largest river in Colorado is the Grand; the second largest, the Arkansas; the third largest, the South Platte; the fourth largest, the Gunnison.

The mean temperature at elevations between 4,000 and 6,000 feet is from 48 to 54 degrees, which is about the same as that in Maryland, western Virginia, central France, central Turkey in  Europe, northern Japan, and northern California on the coast.

The average annual precipitation is about 16 inches. The plains region is semi-arid, the average annual rainfall ranging from 10 to 18 inches. The rainfall on the western slope runs from 8 to 19 inches.

The mountains have more rain and snow than the plains. The average annual precipitation in the Rockies is from 15 to 40 inches, depending on the locality. The snowfall on Front Range is heavier on the western slope. The maximum depth of snow is said to be near timberline, just above 11,000 feet. In the mountain districts snow falls during nine months of the year.

The percentage of possible sunshine varies at different points in the State from 65 to 80.

Colorado's production of the precious metals up to January 1, 1911, was $1,117,778,631, the amount of gold being $487,491,998 and that of silver $424,541,469.

The oil fields at Florence and in Boulder County have 300 wells, producing 1,500 barrels of petroleum daily.

The number of farms in 1910 was 45,839, against 24,700 in 1900.

The United States census of 1900 gave Colorado 1,611,271 acres of irrigated lands. The irrigated area in 1910 was 2,100,000 acres.

The staple crops are hay and alfalfa, sugar beets, wheat and fruit.

Colorado produced 299,900,000 pounds of sugar in 1909, from 121, 698 acres.

Colorado's coal output in 1910 was 12,089, 447 tons.

In 1910 Colorado had 2,229 schoolhouses, employed 5,500 teachers, and the total enrollment of pupils was 162,660, of whom 13,540 were in high schools.
Source: A Guidebook to Colorado, by Eugene Parsons 1911


Colorado Counties
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Colorado Counties

Adams County
formed in 1902 from part of Arapahoe county.

Alamosa County
formed in 1913 from parts of Conejos and Costilla counties.

Arapahoe County
one of the original 17 counties, the first to be incorporated.

Archuleta County
formed in 1885 from part of Conejos county.

Baca County
formed in 1889 from part of Las Animas county.

Bent County
formed in 1874 from part of Greenwood county.

Boulder County
one of the original 17 counties.

Broomfield County
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formed in 2001 from parts of Adams, Boulder, Jefferson and Weld counties.

Chaffee County
formed in 1879 from part of Lake county.

Cheyenne County
formed in 1889 from parts of Bent and Elbert counties.

Clear Creek County
one of the original 17 counties.

Conejos County
one of the original 17 counties. Originally also known as Guadalupe county

Costilla County
one of the original 17 counties.

Crowley County
formed in 1911 from part of Otero county.

Custer County
formed in 1877 from part of Fremont county.

Delta County
formed in 1883 from part of Gunnison county.

Denver County
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formed in 1902 from part of Arapahoe county.

Dolores County
formed in 1881 from part of San Juan county.

Douglas County
one of the original 17 counties.

Eagle County
formed in 1883 from part of Summit county.

El Paso County
one of the original 17 counties.

Elbert County
formed in 1874 from parts of Douglas and Greenwood counties.

Fremont County
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one of the original 17 counties.

Garfield County
formed in 1883 from part of Summit county.

Gilpin County
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one of the original 17 counties.

Grand County
formed in 1874 from part of Summit county.

Gunnison County
formed in 1877 from part of Lake county.

Hinsdale County
formed in 1874 from parts of Conejos and Lake counties.

Huerfano County
one of the original 17 counties.

Jackson County
formed in 1909 from part of Larimer county.

Jefferson County
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one of the original 17 counties.

Kiowa County
formed in 1889 from part of Bent county.

Kit Carson County
formed in 1889 from part of Elbert county.

Lake County
one of the original 17 counties.

La Plata County
formed in 1874 from parts of Conejos and Lake counties.

Larimer County
one of the original 17 counties.

Las Animas County
formed in 1866 from part of Huerfano county.

Lincoln County
formed in 1889 from parts of Bent and Elbert counties.

Logan County
formed in 1887 from part of Weld county.

Mesa County
formed in 1883 from part of Gunnison county.

Mineral County
formed in 1893 from parts of Hindsdale and Rio Grande counties.

Moffat County
formed in 1911 from part of Routt county.

Montezuma County
formed in 1889 from part of La Plata county.

Montrose County
formed in 1883 from part of Gunnison county.

Morgan County
formed in 1889 from part of Weld county.

Otero County
formed in 1889 from part of Bent county.

Ouray County
formed in 1877 from parts of Lake and San Juan counties.

Park County
one of the original 17 counties.

Phillips County
formed in 1889 from part of Logan county.

Pitkin County
formed in 1881 from part of Gunnison county

Prowers County
formed in 1889 from part of Bent county.

Pueblo County
one of the original 17 counties.

Rio Blanco County
formed in 1889 from part of Garfield county.

Rio Grande County
formed in 1874 from parts of Conejos and Costilla counties.

Routt County
formed in 1877 from part of Grand county.

Saguache County
formed in 1866 from parts of Costilla and Lake counties.

San Juan County
formed in 1876 from part of Lake county.

San Miguel County
formed in 1883 from part of Ouray county.

Sedgwick County
formed in 1889 from part of Logan county.

Summit County
one of the original 17 counties.

 Teller County
formed in 1899 from part of El Paso county.

Washington County
formed in 1887 from part of Weld county.

Weld County
one of the original 17 counties.

Yuma County
formed in 1889 from part of Washington county.

 

Our State Data

 

Defunct Counties


Greenwood County - formed in 1870 from part of Huerfano county and the Arapahoe and Cheyenne Reserve. In 1874 it was abolished and Bent and Elbert counties created. History in 1871.

Platte County - formed in 1872 from part of Weld county. In 1874 was abolished and its territory returned to Weld county.

more extinct or renamed counties

The City of Aurora, which is currently located in two counties - Arapahoe, and Adams, is scheduled to become a consolidated city-county (joining Denver and Broomfield as the only city-counties in the state) around 2008

State Flower
State Flower
Columbine

State Bird
State bird
Lark Bunting


Hummingbirds are a common sight in Colorado
-Source: J.S.


Resource Links

Colorado National Parks
National parks managed by the National Park Service:

  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park near Montrose
  • Mesa Verde National Park near Cortez
  • Rocky Mountain National Park at Estes Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve near Mosca

National monuments in Colorado are:

  • Colorado National Monument at Grand Junction and Fruita
  • Dinosaur National Monument near Dinosaur Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant
  • Yucca House National Monument in Cortez

National Historic Sites:

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site near La Junta
  • Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Kiowa County

National Historic Trails

  • California National Historic Trail
  • Old Spanish National Historic Trail
  • Pony Express National Historic Trail
  • Santa Fe National Historic Trail

The Colorado Fourteeners

  • 53 Colorado summits with at least 14,000 feet (4,267.2 m) of elevation and at least 300 feet (91,44 m) of prominence

 


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