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Learning About the U.S. State of Colorado

Colorado became the 38th state to join the Union just as the U.S. turned 100 in 1876. The name of the state comes from a Spanish word that means “red” or “ruddy” which is the color of the earth in this state. This state is known for the mountain peaks of The Rocky Mountains that reach more than 14,000 feet high. Colorado is considered to be the highest state in elevation. The state has some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the U.S. Tourists flock to the state for skiing in the winter and for the beauty of nature and the mountains in the summer. Colorado gained popularity through Mrs. J. Brown, the wife of a Colorado mining tycoon who survived the sinking of the Titanic. She was immortalized in the Broadway musical ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown”. Her home in Denver is now a museum.

  • Question of

    Does the name of the state mean red or ruddy?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Which mountains is it associated with?

    • The Blue Ridge Mountains
    • The Rocky Mountains
    • The Catskills
  • Question of

    Did the wife of a Colorado mining tycoon bring popularity to the state?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does the state have some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the U.S.?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    What is the state’s nickname?

    • The Mountain State
    • The Red Earth State
    • The Centennial State
  • Question of

    What is the state’s capital?

    • Denver
    • Colorado City
    • Boulder
  • Question of

    What is the state song?

    • Colorado High
    • Where the Columbines Grow
    • Colorado
  • Question of

    What is the state flower?

    • Carnation
    • Blue Columbine
    • Violet
  • Question of

    What is the state bird?

    • Sparrow
    • Woodland thrush
    • Lark bunting
  • Question of

    What is the state tree?

    • Fir
    • Blue spruce
    • Hemlock
  • Question of

    What is the state animal?

    • Ram
    • Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep sheep
    • Mountain goat
  • Question of

    What is the state fish?

    • Greenback Cutthroat trout
    • Blue whale
    • Catfish

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