Ah, Colorado, the Centennial State – this area of the United States has been booming like crazy over the last few decades, and for good reason. From plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities, live music venues, craft beer to even something as Colorado-y as a fitness festival, there’s a lot that this state has to offer its residents.
The Fort Collins Fitness Festival Is Here To Drop Some Colorado Knowledge
But do you know why Colorado is called the Centennial State? Or did you happen to know that a Colorado resident claimed to have coined the term ‘cheeseburger’ back in 1935? There are many things that even the most seasoned of Colorado natives simply do not know about the place that they call home.
Coming from our perspective, we’re pretty sure that many Colorado residents do not yet know about the upcoming Fort Collins Fitness Festival happening on June 30, 2018. However, we’re also confident that this incredible outdoor fitness celebration will be making history here at the brand new Sonny Lubick Stadium at CSU’s campus. This new running event and fitness party will serve as a new Fort Collins tradition, so don’t miss out! Get your tickets early here.
Let’s take a look at some lesser known things about our home state, Colorado.
Olympics (Or Lack Thereof)
Colorado Springs is home to the United States Olympic Committee’s flagship training center, but as it turns out, Colorado is the only U.S. state that’s ever turned down an Olympic bid.
Denver originally won the bid for the 1976 Winter Olympics, but the state’s voters ended up rejecting it due to infrastructure costs and environmental concerns. Instead, Innsbruck, Austria ended up hosting the event. Interestingly enough, Denver is interested in hosting the 2026 Olympics – it’s a definite ‘maybe,’ but a possibility nonetheless.
When you picture alligators, you probably think about old people being chased off the golf course in Florida after a poorly executed drive. Just when you think you had your alligator whereabouts down, you might be surprised to know that the Colorado Alligator Farm in the San Luis Valley exists. Indeed, it is the world’s only high-altitude alligator colony at an impressive 7,664 feet above sea level.
What Are People From Colorado Actually Called?
It’s a good question, and one that’s been open to debate for natives since the dawn of Colorado’s existence. To some, Colorado natives are considered ‘Coloradans,’ while others consider them as ‘Coloradoans.’ To be on the safe side of this moniker conundrum, residents who prefer to steer clear of the disagreement simply go with ‘Coloradicals’ – and to most ski bums, ‘dude’ is also a perfectly acceptable term.
The Centennial State
Okay, we asked you about this one earlier, but we’ll just give you the answer. Colorado is known as the Centennial State because it was founded in 1876 – exactly 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. We’ll admit that this is a pretty straightforward tidbit, but an interesting one nonetheless!
The Oldest Wooden Merry-Go-Round
Constructed well over 100 years ago back in 1905, the Kit Carson County Carousel located in Burlington, Colorado serves as the oldest currently operating wooden merry-go-round in the United States. This revolving antique is also the only of its kind in the country to still have its original paint on both the animals as well as the scenery panels. The ride is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and ride admission is still only 25 cents!
Our fine state hosts a stegosaurus specimen, but it’s not just any specimen. This Stegosaurus specimen happens to be the most complete Stegosaurus fossil in a museum. This dinosaur actually serves as Colorado’s state fossil and many have been discovered here throughout time.
Denver Capitol Building
Denver’s Capitol building boasts the world’s largest amount of Beulah red marble. In fact, the state capitol building contains so much of this red marble that nearby all of it was minded straight from the Beulah Red Marble Quarry itself back in 1893.
The only other traces from the marble quarry were used in the old McClelland Library and the Pueblo County Courthouse. You can go ahead and throw this in the historical reasons to visit our great state’s capital.
Ghost Towns A Plenty
Did you know that there are almost as many ‘ghost towns’ in Colorado as there are occupied towns? While the number of occupied towns is roughly 650 compared to about 500 ghost towns, that’s still a lot of areas that were once inhabited and thriving with the hustle and bustle of life. Depending on what your opinions are on ghosts, the whole ghost town concept is pretty unsettling. Speaking of ghosts…
The Stanley Hotel
Many Colorado natives are aware of the famous and haunted Stanley Hotel located in Estes Park. While the hotel has stirred up quite the local reputation, many residents still don’t know exactly why this particular hotel is so famous.
Well, The Stanley Hotel is actually credited with being the inspiration for the haunted hotel in Stephen King’s novel The Shining. Sure enough, the hotel capitalizes on its spooky reputation by selling what they call a ‘Ghost Adventure Package’ – complete with a K2 Meter and a ‘REDRUM’ mug for hotel guests.
2018 Will Be The First Year Of Our Fitness Event. Don’t Miss Out!
The average Colorado resident probably hasn’t heard about the first annual Fort Collins Fitness Festival, but we’re getting the word out! By now, if you’re not a Colorado native, then you probably feel like one after reading this blog! Congratulations. To really feel like you blend in, you might be searching ‘local events near me’ or ‘community events near me’ on your smartphone or computer. Our upcoming fitness event in Fort Collins is the perfect fit for those searches, so don’t miss out! Get in touch with us today.