THE CENTENNIAL STATE – NOT QUITE
Today, and not July 4th, is Colorado’s statehood day. On its second attempt at entering the Union, Colorado became the 38th state on August 1, 1876.
The state of Colorado was originally part of the Jefferson Territory, named after the President whose Louisiana land purchase included most of the area. The entire state of Colorado was in the Jefferson Territory, but it also included land that eventually became part of Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming.
Both Denver and Golden were rivals for state capitals – not for the governmental prestige, but because of being a railroad hub.
And that “centennial state” stuff? The original celebration of Colorado’s statehood took place on the United States’ 100th birthday, even though the official action was on August 1st.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
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