Here is the next instalment of my monthly feature going through the States of the United States in alphabetical order to check out how they got named, what their flag is like and other things of interest.
Location – Colorado is a landlocked state. It is bordered by Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona – that's 7 states! About 6 million people live in the state. It is the only US state which lies entirely above 1000 meters in elevation. It has a town called – wait for it – No Name!
Nicknames – Centennial State – so called because Colorado became a state in the centennial year of the Declaration of Independence.
Capital – Denver
Flower – Blue Columbine
State Tree – Blue Spruce (also the state tree of Utah)
Signature foods – Rocky Mountain Oysters (they're not actually oysters but come from an unmentionable part of a bull), Macaroni Cheese, Banana Cream Pie, Lobster Roll – and the Cheeseburger is said to have been invented in Denver.
Famous businesses/brands started in Colorado – Samsonite luggage, Coors beer,
Famous people from Colorado – Bill Murray (Lost in Translation), Dwight Eisenhower (President and General), John Denver (Rocky Mountain High), Glenn Miller (Glenn Miller Orchestra), Madeleine Albright (former Secretary of State), John Kerry (current Secretary of State – saw him watching the tennis in Rio) and Condoleeza Rice (yet another Secretary of State)
Colorado has legalised marijuana. The state is raking in lots of taxes as a result.
Colorado turned down a chance to host the Winter Olympics in 1976.
Go to this Pinboard to see the States of the Month so far.