Happy Colorado Day!
Today is Colorado Day, marking the 137th anniversary of Colorado’s statehood. In 1861, after the South seceded from the Union, Congress created the Colorado territory. As a result of the gold rush and mining booms, the region was quickly populated. Denver, being a major supply town, became the territorial capital. Nicknamed the Centennial State, Colorado became the 38th state in the Union in 1876, when President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Colorado Territory into statehood.
In 2007, John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” became one of Colorado’s state songs.