Awesome, weird & beautiful Colorado

By July 30, 2015Spotlight

As outdoor enthusiasts, the Centennial State is one of favorite states. Colorado has so much to offer, from hiking to skiing to just spectating its beauty. We love Colorado so much that we thought you should know a little more about what makes this state awesome, weird and beautiful. 

1. Red with Colorado envy

The word ‘Colorado’ means ‘colored’ or ‘colored red’ in Spanish. The Colorado state was named after the Colorado River, which Spanish explorers named ‘Río Colorado’ (meaning ‘colored river’) for the red silt the river carried from the mountains.

2. The love of the cheeseburger

Denver lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger. The trademark for the name “cheeseburger” was awarded in 1935 to Louis Ballast of of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver.

3. No rings for Colorado

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Colorado is the only state in history to turn down the Olympics. Denver was supposed to host the 1976 Olympics. 62% of all state voters chose at almost the last minute not to host the Olympics, because of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on the State of Colorado and the City of Denver.

4. Be my Valentine

Hundreds of thousands of valentines are re-mailed each year from Loveland, Colorado. Every year, star-crossed lovers send their Valentines to Loveland, where volunteers hand-stamp them with a Valentine’s verse and send them on to the intended recipients. Each year a contest is held by the Chamber of Commerce and promoted through through the local newspaper, the Reporter Herald, for residents to submit their designs and verses.

5. Under the Colorado sky

Due to the altitude, you get bluer skies in Colorado than anywhere else in the country. This is due to the lack of vapor in the atmosphere.

6. Go, Denver, go!
Photo by: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.comDenver is one of the 12 U.S. cities to have teams from four major sports- baseball, hockey, football and basketball. 

7. Beware of ghosts

Colorado has almost as many dead towns (about 500) as live ones (650). Mining booms and busts left the mountains littered with more than 300 ghost towns that fascinate locals and tourists. The eastern plains and western canyon lands are also haunted by more than 200 ghost towns.

8. Beer me

Colorado has more microbreweries per capita than any other state. In addition, Denver brews more beer than any other city in the nation, with over 200 different beers brewed daily.

9. Mmmmm, burritos

Photo by: Northfoto / Shutterstock.comDenver was home to the very first Chipotle Mexican Grill. Founder Steve Ells calculated that the store would need to sell 107 burritos per day to be profitable. After one month, the original restaurant was selling over 1,000 burritos a day. Ells had originally planned to use funds from the first Chipotle to open a fine-dining restaurant, but instead focused on Chipotle Mexican Grill when the restaurants saw enormous success.

10. Off with your head, Mike!

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In Fruita, Colorado, 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.

We love being outdoors in Colorado! Make sure you have the best socks for your outdoor adventures. Shop local and find a Swiftwick dealer near you in the Centennial State!