Monday, June 16, 2008


My friend Heather and her family have decided to do STAY-CATIONS this summer because of the cost of travel. To accommodate this, she has asked fellow bloggers to write about where they live and give some interesting details about our homes. So here is my page about COLORADO:

My family has been in the state of Colorado since before it was even a state. My paternal Great-Great-Grandmother was born in the territory in 1870 and is thought to be the first white child born here. Up to that point it had all been Indians (Native Americans). I am a fifth generation Coloradoan, but I was the first one in five generations not born here. My Dad was in the Air Force at the time of my birth, so I was born in San Antonio, Texas. However, we made our way back to Colorado as soon as possible.

Colorado is a great state and I invite anyone out there to come and visit us.

COLORADO - Let me start with a mini-Wikipedia description but be sure to check out the links at the end:

38th State - officially proclaimed a state on August 1, 1876, 28 days after the United States Centennial. For this reason it is nicknamed "The Centennial State."

State Capital - Denver, the Mile High City, so called because it is exactly one mile above sea level. There is one step to the state capital building that is marked at the exact spot that is one mile above sea level.

Famous Coloradoans:

Amy Adams (Enchanted)

Tim Allen (Santa Clause movies & Home Improvement)

Jessica Biel (Seventh Heaven)

Zachery Ty Bryan (Home Improvement)

Jack Dempsey - The Manassa Mauler (Boxer) - It just so happens that this man was from the same small town the my maternal grandfather is from. My great-grandfather used to be Dempsey's sparring partner from time to time.

Chauncey Billups - Detroit Pistons

Horace Tabor - Business Man

"The Unsinkable Molly Brown" - Although she was not born in Colorado she had great ties to the state later on, especially Leadville and Denver. She is one of the most famous survivors of the of the Titanic. There is even a movie about her starring Debbie Reynolds. It's a good movie, but it has been fictionalized.

Mamie Doud Eisenhower - Wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President. Although she was borne in Iowa, she grew up in Denver.

John Denver - Musician

Glenn Miller - Leader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra

Jack Swigert - Astronaut on Apollo 13

Don Cheadle - Actor

Big Head Todd & the Monsters


Professional Sports Teams:

NFL - Denver Broncos

NBA - Denver Nuggets

NHL - Colorado Avalanche

MLS (Soccer) - Colorado Rapids

NLL (National LaCross League)- Colorado Mammoth

MLL (Major League LaCross) - Denver Outlaws

AFL (Arena Football League) - Colorado Crush

State Symbols:


Flower -Rocky Mountain Columbine
- it is illegal to pick a wild Columbine.

Bird - Lark Bunting


Mount Elbert, at an elevation of 14,440 feet is the highest point in the state, as well as the highest point in the entire Rocky Mountain Range, which runs from upper British Columbia, Canada on the North into New Mexico on the South

Other facts:

The first commercially sold cheese burger was sold in Denver, Colorado at the Humpty-Dumpty Drive-in in 1935.

Home to 4 National Parks and 6 National Monuments


Colorado National Historic Landmarks

Geography of Colorado

Colorado's Official State Web Portal

Colorado Photos

1 comment:

Heather said...

Wow the first cheeseburger! Very cool.
You family goes that far back!!!! Awesome!!!

Too me the Unsinkable Molly Brown, will always be Kathy Bates.
Remind me to tell you the story of me and Scott getting stuck in the beautiful Estes park.
Okay you have inspired me to finish.