Those of us lucky enough to live in this beautiful state of Colorado have many reasons to be grateful for our home. Colorado is truly a special place and it’s not just because of the Rocky Mountains – although they play a major part in the enchanting nature of this state. Here are ten amazing facts about Colorado that most of our foreign ESL students only discover after they come to study English at our language school, and partake in our exciting field trips or travel the state on their own.
1. New York City is the largest city in the US and is the home to the largest cultural center in the US, the Lincoln Center. Denver, on the other hand, is the 24th largest city in the US but has the second largest cultural center in the US, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
2. Colorado is the only state in US history to turn down the Olympics. In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Colorado. At the last moment, however, 62% of the state voters chose not to host the Olympics due to high costs, pollution and fear of a population boom.
3. Denver lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger. The trademark for the name “Cheeseburger” was awarded Luis Ballast in 1935.
4. The name Colorado comes from the Spanish for “colored red.” Early Spanish explorers named the Colorado River, “Rio Colorado,” because of its reddish color from the silt and dirt of the area’s mountains.
5. The US government owns almost 1/3 of the land in this state.
6. Denver has the largest park system in the US, with 205 parks within the city limits and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains.
7. Denver is called the “Mile High City” due to its elevation; on the 13th step of our state capitol building you can find a marker indicating the spot where the city is exactly one mile above sea level.
8. The Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel on Interstate 70 is the highest auto-bored tunnel in the world at 11,000 feet altitude, with an average traffic flow of 26,000 vehicles passing through each day.
9. Colfax Avenue, running east and west through the center of Denver is the longest continuous street in the US.
10. The beautiful Mesa Verde, in southern Colorado, features ruins like an elaborate four-story city carved into canyon cliffs by the Anasazi people between 600 and 1300 CE. The Anasazi mysteriously disappeared after creating over 4,000 structures in the area.
So be prepared to be amazed when you come to Colorado. You will learn more than just English and experience much more than just the classroom!