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Published on May 16, 2008

Author: angieadams1015


Our 50 States:Colorado : Jonathan Little May 5th, 2008 Our 50 States:Colorado Symbols of Colorado : Symbols of Colorado The state bird is: Lark Bunting The state flower is: Rocky Mountain Columbine The state tree is: Colorado Blue Spruce Add a picture here. Add a picture here. Add a picture here. State Flag : State Flag This Flag was chosen to symbolize the environment of the state. The gold symbolizes the sunshine of the State. The blue symbolizes the clear blue skies of Colorado. White represents the snow-capped mountains of the state. The red represents the soil of many parts of Colorado. State Nickname : State Nickname -“The Centennial State.” This name was adopted because Colorado became a state exactly 100 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. Colorado also has beautiful scenery of mountains, rivers, and plains which has something to do with the state name. State History : State History First Inhabitants: The first inhabitants were the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa and Pawnee tribes. All of them lived in the plains. Exploration: Spanish explorers were the first to come to Colorado, but failed to find any gold and left. The French explorers Robert Cueliver and Sieur de la Salle claimed France on area that is now eastern Colorado. Settlement: The first settlement was William Bent's fort, a trader. It’s main purpose was to be a base by Kit Carson and other famous frontiersmen. State History, continued : State History, continued Territorial days Colorado had very few settlers until the late 1850’s. What happened was the settlers struck gold in Cherry creak. Then, they had over 100,000 settlers and Colorado became crowded with Gold hunters. Many settlers built farms and ranches by streams for a source of water. Statehood : This state became the 38th state in the United States on August 1, 1876 The first Governor of the state was John L. Routt. Statehood Government : Government National Government Senators: Wayne Allard, Ten Salazar State Reps: Diana DeGette, Mark Udan, John Salazar, Marilyn Musgrave, Doug Lamboun, Tom Tancredo, Ed Perlmutter State Government Current Governor: Bill Ritter State Legislature: It is composed of 35 members elected from single-member districts, with each district having a population of about 123,000 as of the 2000 census. Maps : Maps Population : Population 1950: 1,325,089 1960: 1,753,947 1970: 2,209,596 1980: 2,889,735 1990: 3,294,394 2000: 4,301,261 Over the past fifty years the population has increased. Economy : Economy Chief products of the state include: Agriculture (wheat, cattle, sheep) Tourism (especially Skiers), Mining (gold, silver) oil, finance and manufacturing. Weather : Weather The average high temperature in July is: 74° F The average high temperature in January is: 28° F The average yearly precipitation is: 15 inches. Natural Resources : Natural Resources Major Rivers - Colorado River, Rio Grande, Arkansas River, South Platte River Minerals. Major Lakes - Grand Lake, Blue Mesa Reservoir, John Martin Reservoir Minerals: Coal, sand & gravel, natural gas, and oil. Colorado has enough gravel and sand to full fill any of their future needs. They also have oil shale deposits, for further mineral development. Natural Resources, continued : Natural Resources, continued Plant Life ~ In the plains, there are short-grass prairie or steppe. In the regular towns, there are clik, juniper, and pione plants. Higher zones feature a coniferous forest in which the ponderosa pine, and Douglas fir plants. Animal Life Up in the rockies, the major animals would include; muskrat, raccoon, beaver, and fox. These animals are common to see in Colorado. Places to Visit : Places to Visit Denver is on the upper part of Colorado. Denver would be an idle place to visit if you love climbing mountains, skiing, snowboarding, or just having fun in a big city! Denver is not only the capital of Colorado, but is also the biggest city in Colorado! With more then 550,000 people, Denver is the place to visit if you love the big cities. Plan your trip! Here are some great websites to visit: (1), (2) and (3) Famous People : Famous People Lou Chaney: Starred in the Phantom of the Opera. He was known as the man with a thousand faces. Scott Carpenter: One of the original 7 U.S. astronauts. Jack Dempsey: A Heavy-weight boxing champion State Motto : State Motto Nil sine Namine (Nothing without providence): It was adopted as part of the territorial seal. Some people say Nil Sine Namine means “Nothing without God” but, you can’t get “God” from the word “Numine.” Works Cited : Works Cited List the resources you used for your research. The World Book Encyclopedia Colorado: From It’s Glories Past to the Present Colorado

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