Colorado June 20, 2015
17 Reasons Why People In Colorado Should Be Proud Of Their State
If you live in Colorado (or have ever visited), you get it — the pristine scenery, abundance of activities, adventure at every corner…What’s not to love about the Centennial State?! Besides the immense amount of love for our state, we are also bursting with pride for these 17 reasons (and more)!
1.) Fountain is known as the United States' millennium city because of its symbolization of the American "melting pot" (It was chosen after a Queens College sociologist crunched Census Bureau statistics in an effort to find the one city in the country that best represented the population make-up of the United States).
2.) Denver restaurant owner Louis Ballast allegedly invented the cheeseburger in 1935.
3.) Hundreds of thousands of valentines are re-mailed from Loveland each year.
4.) The world's first rodeo was held on July 4th, 1869 in Deer Trail -- and every year, Denver hosts the Western Stock Show (the world's largest rodeo).
5.) Rocky Ford has been dubbed the "melon capital of the world."
6.) Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks within city limits (and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains).
7.) The oldest wooden merry-go-round in the United States resides in Burlington (the Kit Carson County Carousel was built in 1905).
8.) Chipotle was founded in Denver.
9.) Once a primary mining and agricultural state, the Colorado economy is now driven by the service industries, including scientific instruments, renewable energy, food processing, transportation equipment, machinery, chemical products, gold and other types of mining.
10.) The 16th Street Mall was designed by architect I.M. Pei, who also created the glass pyramid outside of the Louvre in Paris.
11.) Purina named Denver the healthiest city in the country for pets.
12.) Katherine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” after seeing Pikes Peak.
13.) Colorado has more microbreweries per capita than any other state...
14.) ...and Denver brews more beer than any other city in the country, with more than 200 different beers brewed daily.
15.) Denver collects more money for the arts (per capita) than any other city in the nation.
16.) Pueblo is the only city in America with four living Medal of Honor recipients.
17.) Colorado has the largest concentration of turn-of-the-century buildings (in one state) in the country.
What makes you most Colorado proud?