Colorado Facts with Renee Ryan

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“Beulah red” is the name of the red marble that gives the Colorado State Capitol its distinctive splendor. Cutting, polishing, and installing the marble in the Capitol took six years, from 1894 to 1900. All of the “Beulah red” marble in the world went into the Capitol. It cannot be replaced, at any price. The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile high above sea level.





The world’s largest flat-top mountain is in Grand Mesa.


Denver, lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger. The trademark for the name Cheeseburger was awarded in 1935 to Louis Ballast.

The highest paved road in North America is the Road to Mt. Evans off of I-70 from Idaho Springs. The Road climbs up to 14,258 Ft. above sea level.


The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad continues to provide year round train service operating a historical train with rolling stock indigenous to the line. The line was constructed primarily to haul mine ores, both gold and silver, from the San Juan Mountains.

Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the U.S. with an altitude over 10,000 feet.

Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America.


The Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel between Clear Creek & Summit counties is the highest auto tunnel in the world. Bored at an elevation of 11,000 feet under the Continental Divide it is 8,960 feet long and the average daily traffic exceeds 26,000 vehicles.


Katherine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” after being inspired by the view from Pikes Peak.

Every year Denver host the world’s largest Rodeo, the Western Stock show. The World’s First Rodeo was held on July 4th, 1869 in Deer Trail.

The tallest sand dune in America is in Great Sand Dunes National Monument outside of Alamosa. This bizarre 46,000-acre landscape of 700-foot sand peaks was the creation of ocean waters and wind more than one million years ago.


Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike explored the southwest portion of the Louisiana Territory in 1806 and though he never climbed the peak that bears his name, he did publish a report that attracted a lot of interest to the area. The slogan of “Pikes Peak or Bust,” painted across many of the prairie schooners, was born at a time as fortune hunters headed west. Although only a handful of those who flocked to the region ever found gold. 400,000 people ascend Pikes Peak each year.

Colorado has the highest mean altitude of all the states.

The Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington dates back to 1905, making it the oldest wooden merry-go-round in the United States. It is the only wooden carousel in America still with its original paint.KitCarsonCountyCarousel_BurlingtonCO_E_2011_09_23_0031t-225x150

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18 thoughts on “Colorado Facts with Renee Ryan”

  1. Oh Renee, you made me homesick right now. I student-taught in Denver and remember Colfax well. And we just took a driving trip through Colorado last October when the aspen turned. It’s still just all so glorious in my mind. Oh, drove the tunnel, too, and the Rocky Mountain National Forest during a Christmas-like snowy day. Oh, Colorado is so beautiful we’d move there if it weren’t for the grandkids. Oh, and snow LOL.
    It’s gorgeous and we loved it—for a special treat once in a while.

    Loved this post and the pix are glorious. xo

  2. I love Colorado! I’ve been there several times and it’s such a beautiful state! Thanks for the info, Renee!

  3. Renee, I am astounded by the things I never knew about Colorado. Wow! That red marble is really beautiful! And I didn’t know there is an auto tunnel in Colorado. Stands to reason though because it’s probably cheaper to go through mountains than over them. Colorado is one of my favorite states and now I know why. Thanks for an interesting blog.

  4. I’ve traveled through Colorado and camped at Rocky Mountain National Park. Very beautiful country.

    I’d love to attend a concert at Red Rock one day. I own a video of the Moody Blues Concert from there. It looks gorgeous. The acoustics sound amazing.

    I’d also like to take the Silverton /Durango train ride.

    My son was a Geology undergrad. He spent a summer exploring the West with fellow Geology students from UF. He has a picture of himself at the Great Sand Dunes National Monument Park flinging himself down one of the dunes.

    Loved our visit to Boulder. What a neat college environment. I agree it’s a wonderful state.

  5. Laurie G, you have some wonderful Colorado experiences. I’ve been all over the state, including Fort Collins. But I haven’t been to Boulder. Hmmm, I’m thinking I need to add that one to my list for next time. 😉

  6. Love this particular state. I was born there not far from Bent’s Fort. One of my Grandfather’s had a cattle ranch nearby. My other Grandfather ran a cattle ranch where the ski runs are now on Snowmass in Aspen.
    A couple of facts about the state I always remembered was that the lowest elevation in the state is still higher than any of the states on the East coast.
    Of the mountain peaks at 14,000 feet high, most are named after the Ivy league colleges.
    The capital dome is made of gold mined in the early 1800’s in Colorado. It was admitted to the Union in 1876, the year the Nation was celebrating a century of existence. So they referred to this new state as the Centennial State.
    I remember when we used to go visit my Grandfather in Aspen we would drive by Mt Holy Cross (it has snow in the crevices that form a cross.) As a child, it was a really awesome scene and most looked forward to besides asking my Dad, “Are we there yet?”

  7. Great post, beautiful state! We owned a house in Silverton for several years and loved watching the train come in to town. The ride through the San Juan’s is absolutely breathtaking.

  8. Am doing this on my phone in the car. Already lost my comment once.
    we lived in Colorado Springs for 3 years. We loved it. Our children were in grade school an one was an infant. We visited Denver, never did go to the Capitol building. We usually went to the Denver Museum of Natural History and Casa Bonita (the food wasn’t great but the kids enjoyed it). We went to. Mesa Verde as often as we could. We took the Durango to Silverton train twice. It is a scenic trip and fun. Our kids loved the Sand Dunes. I never made it to the top but our son came close. We never got there early enough to beat the heat.
    Colorado Springs has so much to offer. We went to the Garden of the Gods frequently and did a lot of hiking in the mountains. The little zoo they have was a family favorite. We always took guests to the Flying W Ranch, enjoyed the food and the show. Unfortunately, it.was destroyed in the fires two years ago. Thanks for the post, it brought back many good memories.

  9. Wow, that picture of the sand dunes with the mountains in the back is amazing! I never knew that existed in Colorado. 🙂

  10. Thanks for reminding me that the state of my birth is beautiful. Lately, I’ve been ashamed to say I am from Colorado what with all the marijuana folldarol and the crazies that do stupid stuff…. I’ve been to all the places you have mentioned and then some. Colorado is my favorite place to ski.

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