13 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Colorado

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.

The world’s largest flat-top mountain is in Grand Mesa.  It has an area of about 500 square miles and stretches for about 40 miles east of Grand Junction between the Colorado River and the Gunnison River.

The highest suspension bridge in the world is over the Royal Gorge near Canon City. The Royal Gorge Bridge spans the Arkansas River at a height of 1,053 feet.

Colorado is the Rodeo capital of the world, The Worlds first Rodeo was held on 4th July 1869 in Deer Trail just east of Denver. Every January Denver hosts the worlds largest Rodeo called – The National Western Stock Show

The Colorado Rockies are part of the North America Cordillera, which stretches 3,000 miles from Alaska through Western Canada and the United States, into Northern Mexico. The centerpiece of this dramatic uplift are the peaks over 14,000 feet or the ‘Fourteeners’ as they are affectionately known by climbers. There are over 53 Fourteeners’ in Colorado, the most out of any other state in the US.

The Dwight Eisenhower memorial Tunnel between Clear Creek & Summit 
counties is the highest auto tunnel in the world. Bored at an elevation of 11,000 feet under the Continental Divide, it is 8,960 feet long. The average daily traffic through the tunnel exceeds 26,000 vehicles.

In 1859, John Gregory discovered “The Gregory Lode” in a ravine near Central City. Within two weeks, the Gold Rush was on and within two months the population grew to 10,000 people all in search of their fortune. It came to be known as the richest square mile on earth. Continuing on the gold rush theme the world’s largest gold nugget in the US was discovered in state buildings in Denver.

Colorado boasts the highest continuously paved highway in the United States.  Trail Ridge Road – (US-34) passes through Rocky Mountain National Park between Estes Park and Grand Lake, crossing the Continental Divide at 12,183 feet above sea level. Colorado is also home to the highest paved road in North America. The Road to Mt Evans off of I-70 from Idaho Springs climbs up to 14,258 feet above sea level.

Colorado has almost as many dead towns (about 500) as live ones (650). Mining booms and busts left the mountains littered with more than 300 ghost towns that fascinate locals and tourists. The eastern plains and western canyon lands are also haunted by more than 200 ghost towns.

Hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains lies the largest untapped oil reserve in the world . On August 8, 2005 President Bush mandated its extraction. When the oil is extracted “America would become the world’s single biggest oil source, exceeding Saudi Arabia” (Wall Street Journal)

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The first license plate on a car in the United States was issued in Denver, Colorado in 1908.

Some of today’s most notorious dinosaurs were first discovered on Dinosaur Ridge near Morrison, CO. Since these first-in-Colorado finds, Dinosaur Ridge has become one of the world’s most famous dinosaur fossil localities. 

The U.S. federal government owns 36.6% of the land in Colorado.

 

 

253 comments
Bradley Langston
Bradley Langston

It was great when the tunnel opened. Better than sitting on Loveland Pass in a white-out.

Jennifer Oxford
Jennifer Oxford

I hope they don't pave dinosaur ridge...they are thinking about putting a car dealership there :-(

Juandd Armendariz
Juandd Armendariz

I worked as electrician apprentice back in 1972 building this tunnel.

Ann Kellermann
Ann Kellermann

My fathers concrete company poured a lot of the tunnel.

Susan S. Blanchard
Susan S. Blanchard

My dad worked for the CO highway dept. One day, while the Eisenhower tunnel was under construction, we were going somewhere and he stopped at the tunnel to talk to some guy. I wanted to go in with him so I could see this new tunnel they were building. He told me I couldn't go in. The men working in there were superstitious and thought letting a woman in (I was about 12) would bring bad luck. I was so disappointed, but imagine the power they bestowed on me.

Steve Carlyle
Steve Carlyle

That's a very old miners/ tunnellers superstition!

Howard Marks
Howard Marks

I am from way down under , Australia to be exact , love Colorado and its people , hope to get back there in the not to distant future ....

JakeRyheart
JakeRyheart

License plate one is false. 


In 1901, New York became the first state to register automobiles; by 1918 all states required license plates. States were slower to require licenses for drivers. Only 39 states issued them by 1935 and few required a test, despite widespread concern about incompetent drivers. next closest was Massachusetts in 1903.


The importance of fact checking. 



Carlos Davila
Carlos Davila

I wanna visit that big ass bridge.. Where exactly is it

Kassidi Torbett
Kassidi Torbett

Carlos Davila before you leave colorado u need to visit these places

Terri Juvan
Terri Juvan

My cousin was very involved in building the tunnel

Brian Eley
Brian Eley

The world's largest gold nugget in the US? I don't get it.

Monie Monie
Monie Monie

Chardi Kala the last one is my Dads office!

Monie Monie
Monie Monie

I always do when we in the Lakewoods!

Terry Bosch
Terry Bosch

I remember when they were building these tunnels and WSU's football teams airplane crashed and the few players that survived crashed walked down to tunnel workers for help.

Angi Hutchcroft-Arttus
Angi Hutchcroft-Arttus

I lived there when we voted out the Olympics, didn't want to ruin our beautiful state. Pic above is Eisenhower tunnel, it goes under Loveland pass. Moved out there in 1972 and they were just building this. We had to put chains on the vehicles and pull u-hauls over this pass, man was that something for a young girl from Wisconsin. Love my Colorado!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike Zee
Mike Zee

This Wisconsinite knows everything about Colorado.

Michele Guthrie Bartlett
Michele Guthrie Bartlett

I was one of the citizens who voted down the Olympics, "because of the cost, pollution and population boom." Now the voters have approved recreational marijuana ... at the cost of children in the ER, high (!) school kids vaping, and potheads moving here from all over, an uptick in homelessness, and unaffordable/unavailable housing, not to mention the air pollution of walking down city streets assaulted by the odor of burning weed. I'm embarrassed to be a citizen of Colorado.

DeboraAnneCatherineHayes
DeboraAnneCatherineHayes

Michele, I hear you.  It's just intolerably awful here.  You should definitely move.  I hear Utah is lovely this time of year. Go.  Check it out.  Now.  I think you will love it.  Colorado is definitely not for someone as high class as you. 


Daisy Rothschild
Daisy Rothschild

Yep, knew those. But got one for You! Did you know--- that the Grand Prix was driven right here in Downtown Denver? Yes, and there's vid of it. 1990 and 91... Mario Andretti, Bobby Rayhal, Al Unser... and was it LOUD! Scrub ahead to 1:41 or 2:55; they show the track, the capitol, everything. And that's also why Speer feels like a racetrack to this day--- it was (and around Cherry Creek too) Pluse you can Throw back to what Denver looked like 25 years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hI1m_cC0Mw

Joe Fanciulli
Joe Fanciulli

I worked downtown during those years. Lunch time on the 16th Street Mall was fun during the Grand Prix. Checking out the pits.

Daisy Rothschild
Daisy Rothschild

Joe Fanciulli So did I, right up the street. I didn't realize how much they modified the 'track'! I recalled they spent $5 million on it, but all the technical things... water boiling lower temp, less oxygen and air pressure, the sun baking down... made it tough for the drivers. It was great. I only wish I could've convinced my mom to pay for a ride in one! (That was near the pits too I think.)

Anthony Fabio
Anthony Fabio

I was there, six years old. I certainly remember how loud it was!

Doris Deering Kjellevold
Doris Deering Kjellevold

Please you're making me feel old! Yes the Grand Prix was here and there's a good reason it isn't anymore! It was a financial disaster that Denver didn't need. Like the 76 Olympics but we didn't get to vote on the Grand Prix!

Steve Illich
Steve Illich

Another smart move by Coloradans. The Olympics are not worth it.

Daisy Rothschild
Daisy Rothschild

That was a good move, esp then. LA was a nightmare when they had it there.

Bobbie Yates
Bobbie Yates

It does not get any better than living in Co.

John McGee
John McGee

"The world's largest gold nugget in the US was found...". That statement doesn't make sense.

KyleRutz
KyleRutz

Anyone know where some of these sweet ghost towns are? 

JohnTGrose
JohnTGrose

Deer Trail ain't "just east" of Denver.

altonclarka
altonclarka

The reason for the Olympics not being in Colorado is that there was a scam in reference to how you voted.  If you voted yes for the Olympics then you were voting no and if you voted no for the Olympics, you are voting yes.  This was the last minute deal that was discovered just before the vote Happened.

William Bill Bassett
William Bill Bassett

Some of those I did not know. The one that said large oil deposits under the Rocky Mountains got me thinking of the devastating earthquakes it would cause. And we would probably lose some of our fourteeners.

Mr Mechanic
Mr Mechanic

I hope your not thinking that extracting the oil will cause earthquakes!! That's is a myth that ignorant people have came up with because they don't like the industry. Their is not one single shred of actual scientific proof that supports this claim.

KyleRutz
KyleRutz

@Mr Mechanic there may not be "scientific proof" but there sure is a lot of evidence...