The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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January 14, 2014

Wow. The "Pinto Bean" capital of the world, are ya?

20 facts to know before visiting Colorado

1. "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.

2. Colorado is the only state in history to turn down the Olympics. In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver. Sixty-two percent of all state voters choose at almost the last minute not to host the Olympics, because of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on the state, and city of Denver.

3. The United States Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs.

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

5. In Fruita, the town folk celebrate "Mike the Headless Chicken Day." Seems that a farmer named L.A. Olsen cut off Mike's head on September 10, 1945, in anticipation of a chicken dinner - and Mike lived for another 4 years without a head.

6. The LoDo region of Denver stands for Lower Downtown.

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

8. 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.

9. Colorado means “colored red” and is known as the “Centennial State.”

10. 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.

11. The United States federal government owns more than 1/3 of the land in Colorado.

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

13. Colorado has 222 state wildlife areas.

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

15. The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile high above sea level.

16. 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.

17. Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the United States at 10,430 feet elevation. Because there was lots of "silver" named towns at the time, the founding fathers suggested Leadville.

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

19. Hundreds of thousands of valentines are re-mailed each year from Loveland.

20. Fountain, has the distinction of being the United States' millennium city because it best symbolizes the overall composition of America. Fountain is the most accurate representation of the American "melting pot." Fountain was chosen after a Queens College sociologist crunched Census Bureau statistics in an effort to find the one city in the country that best represented the population make-up of the United States.

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