If Colorado was getting a cake to celebrate it's birthday today, it would beg us not to put candles on top! After all, 140 candles could potentially be a fire hazard... Here are some interesting facts about our colorful state to celebrate Colorado's 140th year as a state!

Hopefully some of the special offers at the end also motivate you to help Colorado celebrate this special day...


Katherine Lee Bate's famous lyrics "purple mountains majesty above the fruited plains" in "America the Beautiful" came to her from atop Pikes Peak.

Denver can claim inventing the 'cheeseburger'! The trademark was award on March 5th, 1935 to Luis Ballast at his Humpty Dumpty restaurant.

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Colfax Avenue remains the longest continues commercial street in America at 26.5 miles long.

Colorado is the only state in history to ever turn down hosting the Olympics. In 1976, the Winter Olympics were voted against. Coloradoans were concerned about the cost that pollution and a population boom would have on the state.

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Glenwood Springs is the world's largest natural hot springs pool - and was a favorite spot for former president Teddy Roosevelt.

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The Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension in the world at a lofty 1,053 feet.

If you stand on the 13th step of the state capital building in Denver, you will be exactly 1 mile high above sea level!

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The largest flat-top mountain in the world is the Grand Mesa new Grand Junction.

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To celebrate the state's 140th birthday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is giving free park entrance at all 42 state parks on Monday the 1st. Activities like fishing and camping will still require a valid license and permit.

Dunkin' Donuts is offering a limited-edition doughnut that has the Colorado flag frosted on it to celebrated. The doughnut is free with the purchase of any size Cold Brew coffee, or you can purchase one for just 99 cents! Four northern Colorado locations are participating - Fort Collins, Windsor, Loveland and Longmont.

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The History Colorado Museum is honoring the state's birthday with free entry, food, music and other activities. Some other places statewide will also be free all day, including: Byers--Evans House Museum, El Pueblo History Musseum, Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, Fort Vazquez Museum, Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin and Trinidad History Museum.

Historical tours of the Capitol will begin at 1pm and run every half hour all day.


Some of the things people said they love about Colorado....

"The people, the fresh air, the unbeatable views and dogs... Dogs everywhere!"

"Love the small town feels and big city vibes."

"People live here because they WANT to live here, so there is a general air of enthusiasm and excitement almost anywhere you go!"

"I love the climate here. It's almost always fabulous weather, whether snow or heat or rain or sunshine."

Happy Birthday, Colorado! You beautiful state, you...

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