The history of Colorado is diverse! Keep reading to learn all about the colorful history that encompasses the Centennial State!

Our State Motto: Nil Sine Numine, latin for Nothing Without Providence.

Our State Tree: Colorado Blue Spruce

Our State Flower: The Blue Columbine

Timeline of the history of Colorado

1861: The Colorado Territory was created in 1861, after gold was found in the South Platte near today’s Cherry Creek three years earlier, creating an end to the stagnation and isolation that was Denver.

1864: The Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes in Colorado were massacred at Sand Creek, commanded by Colonel John Chivington.  In the future, a memorial will be built for the 700  people killed.

1871: The first streetcar line was built from Auraria to Five Points, furthering the push for Colorado to become a state in

1876: Colorado officially becomes the 38th United State of America

1890: Population booming, it reached 106,713 in Denver, propelled by railroad and mining industries and opportunities. Arapahoe County formed, and the silver industry crashed, causing a depression in the city of Denver

1821: The City of Stapleton was erected by Ben Stapleton, an infamous Ku Klux Klan leader who was elected to govern over the state of Colorado.

1831: Winter Park Ski Resort and Red Rocks Natural Amphitheater open, with Confluence Park following closely behind

1900’s: Teddy Roosevelt names 75% of Colorado forests and mountains national parks

1918: The Broadmoor Resort opens

1921: The City of Stapleton was erected by Ben Stapleton, an infamous Ku Klux Klan leader who was elected to govern over the state of Colorado

1930:  The Stapleton Airport opens, and the population of Denver reaches over 1,000,000

1942: The US Government selects Colorado Springs for a major Air Force Base – The Granada Relocation Internment camp opens

1945: World War ll Ends

1952: The Denver-Boulder Turnpike Opens

1955: 306 cadets are sworn in as the first class at Lowry Airforce Base

1959: Coors introduces the aluminum beer can

1963: Dr. Thomas Starzl performs the world’s first liver transplant at the University of Colorado Hospital

1977: The olympic training center in Colorado Springs opens

1979: Pope John Paul ll grants the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver the title Basilica Minor

1982: The 16th Street Mall opens in the center of Downtown Denver

1989: The FBI and the EPA raid the department of Energy Rocky Flats Plant near Arvada

1991: Wellington Webb assumes office as the first African American Mayor of the city and county of Denver

1993: World Youth Day

1995: The Colorado Rockies win the first game ever played in Coors Field, The Colorado Avalanche defeat the Detroit Red Wings, and the Denver International Airport is officially opened

1996: The Colorado Avalanche win their first Stanley Cup, bringing the first championship title to Colorado

1997: The animated show, South Park, begins

1999: The massacre at Columbine high school occurs, killing 13 people and injuring 24 others

2001: The Avalanche win their second Stanley cup. 9/11 occurs

2005: The blue bear is placed outside of the Colorado Convention Center

2006: NORAD Moves to Peterson Air force base

2007: Anschutz medical campus opens

2008: Luis Jimenez Jr.’s infamous Blucifer statue is placed on the grounds of DIA, welcoming all with its glowing red eyes and history of killing it’s artist

2011: Missy Franklin of Centennial brings home four gold medals for swimming in the Olympics

2012: James Holmes open fires on a Century 16 move theater, killing 12 people and wounding 70 others

2014: Same Sex marriage is made legal in the state of Colorado

2015: President Barack Obama issues a proclamation creating Browns Canyon National Monument

2016: The Denver Broncos win the 50th Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers

2017: RE/MAX Masters Property Management in Greenwood Village opens for business, and an eleven year old girl of lone tree invents a device that can detect lead in water faster than any other existing technique

2018: The attack submarine USS Colorado is commissioned at the Naval Submarine Base New London


As you can see, the history of Colorado is one that encourages growth across the country. What a beautiful state to live in!







Posted by: rentcoloradohomes on June 19, 2018
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