Are you a Colorado native? Me too! Do you know everything there is to know about Colorado? Me too! Or, at least I thought I did until running across these 13 facts about the Centennial State. Did you know:
1.) In 1908, the first ever United States license plate was issued in Denver.
2.) With an elevation of 10,430 feet, Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the United States.
3.) Pueblo is the only city in the U.S. with four living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
4.) Colorado is the only state to have ever turned down the Olympics.
The 1976 Olympics were supposed to be held in Denver, but the city turned it down last minute because of the high cost and predicted pollution.
5.) Trinidad is known as the "sex change capital of the world."
An estimated 65% of the world's sex changes from from 1969 to 2003 were performed by Dr. Stanley Biber.
6.) Rocky Ford is known as the "Melon Capital of the World."
7.) Colorado is known as the "Rodeo Capital of the World."
In fact, the world's first rodeo was held in Deer Trail on July 4, 1869.
8.) There are almost as many dead towns in Colorado as there are live ones.
500 ghost towns; 650 occupied towns.
9.) The town of Dove Creek is the "Pinto Bean Capital of the World."
Adobe Milling, a company that markets locally-grown beans and other southwestern foods, sits on the outskirts of Dove Creek.
10.) The first ever Stegosaurus fossils were found just outside of Grand Junction.
11.) Colorado is home to the world's largest alligator farm.
Colorado Gators Reptile Park is located in Mosca.
12.) Glenwood Hot Springs is the world’s largest hot springs pool.
13.) The Imperial Express Superchair at Breckenridge Ski Resort is the highest chairlift in North America.
The Imperial Express Superchair has an elevation of nearly 13,000 feet!