Today, Colorado celebrates its 143rd birthday! On August 1, 1876, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting Colorado as a state. For 92 years, Colorado Day was an official state holiday on August 1, but when the U.S. Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill in 1968 the day was no longer celebrated as an official holiday, but rather as an observance.
Well before Colorado became the 38th state in the union, it was inhabited by Native Americans (if you ever have a chance, check out Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado). The Native American culture is still very much alive in our beautiful state!
The first Europeans to visit Colorado were the Spaniards and was claimed for Spain in the early 1700s. After a handful of trades, the U.S. obtained a portion of the state as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In 1858 gold was first discovered in Colorado which led to the Colorado Gold Rush. Ever since—people have been flocking the state for all it has to offer.
11 Fun Facts About Colorado
- Colorado was given its name by the Spanish due to its “red-colored earth.”
- The world’s largest flat-top mountain is Grand Mesa (located near Grand Junction Colorado).
- Colorado is home to the Four Corners Monument, which allows a person to stand in four states at one time (Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico).
- The 13th step of the State Capitol Building in Denver is exactly one mile above sea level, giving the city its nickname of “the Mile High City”.
- The state’s nickname, “The Centennial State” was given to Colorado because it joined the Union a century after the United States Declaration of Independence was signed.
- Colorado is home to 58 “fourteeners” (AKA: 14ers), which is a mountain peak of an elevation of at least 14,000 feet.
- Colorado is the only state to turn down hosting the Olympics (the proposed location was the state’s capital, Denver).
- The Eisenhower Tunnel is the highest (auto) tunnel in the world (11,000 feet).
- Colorado has more microbreweries per capita than any other state.
- Roughly ⅓ of the state that lies west of the Continental Divide is referred to as the Western Slope of Colorado. The Western Slope contains 33% of the state’s land but is home to only 10% of its population.
- Colorado is home to four national parks and 44 state parks.
Celebrate Colorado Day every day by using one of these amazing “homemade” products sold in our store:
CropHut: Its patented design and proprietary color scientifically aid in optimal root and plant establishment. In early spring, it allows ultimate growing conditions for young tender plants, leading to accelerated growth and increased flower and fruit production.
GrowHands: This is an all-natural resin removal formula primarily consisting of coconut oil, orange oil, and fine-grain salt for micro-abrasion. It was originally developed to remove sticky plant resins for growers in the cannabis industry and gardeners of all kinds, however, it has many other uses.
Moonshine: 100% organic potting soil great for indoor and outdoor plants. Moonshine is a great stand-alone medium or the base for a home-built super soil. Ingredients include worm castings, coconut coir, perlite, pumice, rice hulls, & expanded shale plus more!