Colorado is considered a region of minor earthquake activity, although there are many uncertainties because of the very short time period for which historical data is available. The northwestern and southwestern corners, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the south-central section of the State, have had no activity in historic times. Eastern Colorado is nearly aseismic, with just a few epicenters in the Arkansas and Platte River Valleys. Most shocks in the history of this State have centered west of the Rocky Mountain Front Range.
Big Game hunters occupied parts of Colorado by 9200 B.C. The Anasazi developed their great cliff dwelling culture from 1 A.D. to 1200 A.D. Many other Native American groups have lived in Colorado since. The Utes lived in the mountains, the Cheyenne and Arapahoe resided on the plains from the Arkansas to the Platte rivers, and the Kiowas and Comanches lived south of the Arkansas River. The Pawnee tribe hunted buffalo along the Republican River and the Sioux sometimes hunted on the outskirts of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe lands.
President Grant declared Colorado a state on August 1, 1876 and it became known as the "Centennial State." Since then, the constitution has been the foundation of the State's government and the citizen's freedom. Colorado's constitution today remains very similar to the original constitution conceived for statehood in 1876.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Colorado Poll: 61% Support Legal Pot
Sixty-one percent of likely voters in Colorado favor legalizing marijuana if it is regulated the way alcohol and cigarettes are, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll. The telephone survey shows that 27 percent of voters oppose legalization even with government regulation, while 12 percent are undecided. Colorado will be voting whether to legalize marijuana this November.
Gold was discovered in the mountains of Colorado in 1859. The early pioneers soon learned that webbed snowshoes were useless in the deep powdery snow of the high mountains. They preferred Norwegian snowshoes or skis.
It has been estimated by some historians that the State of Colorado would have taken another decade to settle had it not been for skis. The long runners provided a dependable way for the mail to get through when trains were stalled, when telegraph lines were down, and when drifts and avalanches prohibited travel on the primitive roads and trails.
The first documented use of skis in Colorado, as reported in Frank Hall’s History of Colorado, occurred during the winter of 1859-60 in a snow-locked mining camp along the Blue River near present-day Breckenridge. The 10 men remaining in camp made themselves skis and traveled down-valley where they built a cabin and claimed a town site called Eldorado West
There’s no substitute for a Colorado winter vacation, where having so many of America’s best ski resorts makes Colorado the nation’s No. 1 ski and snowboard destination — and blue-bird skies and tons of fresh, dry powder reign supreme...Most years, Colorado’s 26 ski and snowboard resorts open earlier and stay open later in the season than anyone else (roughly early October to late April).
The Colorado Trail (CT) is a 483 mile long trail running from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado, United States. The CT traverses Colorado's mountains. Its highest point is 13,334 feet above sea level, and most of the trail is above 10,000 feet. Despite its high elevation, the trail often dips below the alpine timberline to provide a measure of safety in the exposed, storm-prone regions above tree line...The Colorado Trail is an established, marked, and (mostly) non-motorized trail open to hikers, horse riders, and bicyclists (aka mountain bikers, which are prohibited on the sections which pass through designated wilderness areas). From the eastern terminus, southwest of Denver, the trail winds its way for 483 miles through the state's most mountainous regions, to its final conclusion, a few miles north of Durango. Along the way, it passes through eight major mountain ranges, seven national forests, and six wilderness areas.
The Colorado Gold Rush was the boom in the prospecting and mining of gold in present-day Colorado in the United States that began in 1859 (when the land was still in the Kansas Territory) and lasted throughout the early 1860s. It is still considered to be the largest gold rush in American history, and an intricate part of the history of the country in general. The gold rush, which followed approximately a decade after the California Gold Rush, was accompanied by a dramatic influx of emigrants into the region of the Rocky Mountains and exemplied by the phrase "Pikes Peak or Bust", a reference to the mountain in the Front Range that guided many early prospectors to the region westward over the Great Plains.
As one of the world's favorite skiing destinations, Colorado's resorts bring in $2 billion in revenue a year. But if temperatures continue to rise at the current rate, scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder warn that the snowy season could shrink by a month. Making artificial snow is a problem because snowmaking requires so much water.
Exports of beef from Colorado are comprised of fresh beef (chilled, not frozen), frozen beef and beef variety meats. Fresh beef exports from Colorado represented 81 percent of beef exports, frozen beef represented 14 percent and variety meats represented 5 percent of the state's beef exports.
Exports of beef to Mexico grew by over 37 percent in 2008 to $206 million and Mexico continued in 2008 as the top export market for Colorado beef. Colorado's beef industry supplied over 21 percent of all beef exports from the U.S. to Mexico and was second only to Texas as a beef supplier to Mexico.
Canada remained Colorado's second largest export market for beef, growing 36 percent in 2008 to $171 million. Colorado ranks first among all states as a supplier of beef to Canada, supplying 28 percent of all beef imported from the U.S. by Canada.
The Air Force Academy is located eight miles north of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Pikes Peak rises more than 14,000 feet in the distance and the Rampart Range (6,000-7,000 feet) forms the Academy's western boundary. The Academy is one of the nations' highest (ranging between 6,380 and 8,040 feet) and largest (18,500 acres) campuses.
Colorado is the only state in history, to turn down the Olympics. In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver. 62% of all state Voters choose at almost the last minute not to host the Olympics, because of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on the State Of Colorado, and the City of Denver.