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MyMountainTown created the topic: Happy Colorado Day! 01 Aug 2018 17:21 #1

Happy Colorado Day!!
The name of our state, Colorado, has its origin in the Spanish language, as the word for "colored red". This was the name chosen for Colorado as a Territory in 1861 by Congress. Colorado has been nicknamed the "Centennial State" because it became a state in the year 1876, 100 years after the signing of our nation's Declaration of Independence. Colorado is also called "Colorful Colorado" presumably because of our magnificent scenery of mountains, rivers and plains.

Colorado State Archives

Colorado has an official state flag, a state seal, two state songs and many official emblems and symbols. These have been officially adopted by legislative action of the Colorado General Assembly or by executive order of the Governor of Colorado. The official designation of several of our symbols and emblems was influenced by the participation of Colorado school children and their teachers in the legislative process.
Colorado State Flag
State Flower: White and Lavender Columbine
State Animal: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
State Fish: Greenback Cutthroat Trout
State Bird: Lark Bunting
State Insect: Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly
State Amphibian: Western Tiger Salamander
State Reptile: Western Painted Turtle
State Gemstone: Aquamarine
State Pet: Dogs and Cats adopted from shelters and rescues
State Mineral: Rhodochrosite
State Rock: Yule Marble
State Fossil: Stegosaurus
State Cactus: Claret Cup Cactus
State Grass: Blue Grama Grass
State Tree: Colorado Blue Spruce
State Sport: Pack Burro Racing
State Folk Dance: Square Dance

State Songs:
"Where the Columbines Grow" by A.J. Fynn, 1915

Rocky Mountain High by John Denver (lyrics) and Mike Taylor (music), 1973

Colorado History & Heritage

Some of the best things to do on a Colorado vacation revolve around its ancient and historic past. Once roamed by mighty dinosaurs, then formed by native people, westward exploration and expansion, Colorado historic sites and landmarks are waiting to be discovered.

Colorado Day 2018: Celebrate With Freebies And Special Events
July 31, 2018

DENVER (CBS4) – On Aug. 1, 1876, President Ulysses S. Grant made Colorado the “Centennial State.”

Known as ‘Colorado Day,’ many residents come together to celebrate the best of the state, whether it be music, recreation, or history

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is waiving entrance fees to all 42 state parks on Monday, Aug. 6, in honor of Colorado Day. They’ve compiled a list of some suggestions if you can’t decide. Permits are still required for fishing and camping, but entry is free.

Dunkin’ Donuts is offering guests a free Colorado-themed donut with the purchase of any size cold brew. This offer is good through Aug. 5.

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