You probably already know that Colorado is the Mile High State. But did you know that Colorado was the first state to give women the right to vote? Or that it’s the birthplace of the Libertarian Party?
Colorado has many claims to fame. Here are some other fun facts about our state, from Westword newspaper:
Colorado is the only state to ever turn down the chance to host the Olympics.
Colorado is the highest state in the U.S. (Highest mean elevation, 6,800 feet; highest point, 14,400; highest low point, 3,315 feet.)
Colorado’s Pikes Peak Cog Railway, which takes passengers from Manitou Springs to the top of Pikes Peak, is the highest cog-railway train in the world.
The 13th step of the state’s Capitol Building is located a mile high.
The row of purple seats at Coors Field is located a mile high.
The state’s annual National Western Stock Show and Rodeo is the largest stock show and rodeo in the world.
Colorado has more marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks outlets.
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, co-owned by Colorado and New Mexico, is the “highest, longest and most authentic steam railroad in the U.S.”
The Eisenhower tunnel on Interstate 70 is the highest tunnel for automobiles in the world.