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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.

  • Does the name of the state mean red or ruddy?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Which mountains is it associated with?

    • The Blue Ridge Mountains
    • The Rocky Mountains
    • The Catskills
  • Did the wife of a Colorado mining tycoon bring popularity to the state?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Does the state have some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the U.S.?

    • Yes
    • No
  • What is the state’s nickname?

    • The Mountain State
    • The Red Earth State
    • The Centennial State
  • What is the state’s capital?

    • Denver
    • Colorado City
    • Boulder
  • What is the state song?

    • Colorado High
    • Where the Columbines Grow
    • Colorado
  • What is the state flower?

    • Carnation
    • Blue Columbine
    • Violet
  • What is the state bird?

    • Sparrow
    • Woodland thrush
    • Lark bunting
  • What is the state tree?

    • Fir
    • Blue spruce
    • Hemlock
  • What is the state animal?

    • Ram
    • Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep sheep
    • Mountain goat
  • What is the state fish?

    • Greenback Cutthroat trout
    • Blue whale
    • Catfish

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