Colorado is a Latin or Spainish word for ''mountainous''.Colorado was the 38th state in the USA; it became a state on August 1, 1876 .
State Abbreviation - CO
State Capital - Denver
Largest City - Denver
Area - 104,100 square miles [Colorado is the 8th biggest state in the USA]
Population - 4,301,261 (as of 2000) [Colorado is the 24th most populous state in the USA]
Name for Residents - Coloradans
Major Industries - agriculture (wheat, cattle, sheep), tourism (especially skiers), mining (gold, silver), oil, finance, and manufacturing

Major Rivers - Colorado River, Rio Grande, Arkansas River, South Platte River
Major Lakes - Grand Lake, Blue Mesa Reservoir, John Martin Reservoir
Highest Point - Mt. Elbert; 14,433 feet (4,399 m) above sea level
Bordering States - Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming

Origin of the Name Colorado - The word Colorado is Spanish for the "color red," and refers to the muddy Colorado River
State Nickname - Centennial State, Colorful Colorado
State Motto - "Nil sine Numine" - Nothing Without Providence
State Song - Where the Columbines Grow

Dinosaur Fossils Found in Colorado - Allosaurus, Amphicoelias, Apatosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Camarasaurus, Camptosaurus, Cathetosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Cionodon, Denversaurus, Diplodocus, Dryosaurus, Dystylosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Epanterias, Haplocanthosaurus, Marshosaurus, Nanosaurus, Ornithomimus, Othnielia, Polyonax, Stegosaurus, Supersaurus, Torvosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus rex, Ultrasauros

Colorado State Symbols and Emblems:
State Flag
The official state flag of Colorado was adopted on June 5, 1911. It was designed by Andrew Carlisle Johnson in 1911. The white in the flag symbolizes Colorado's snowcapped mountains, the blue symbolizes clear blue skies, the red symbolizes the reddish soil, and the golden yellow represents the Sun. Attached to the flag is a cord of gold and silver, intertwined with gold and silver tassels.

Animal Symbols:
State Bird
Lark bunting
State Animal
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
State Insect
Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly
State Fish
Greenback Cutthroat Trout
State Fossil

A plant-eating dinosaur with plates along its back.

Plant Symbols:
State Flower
Rocky Mountain Columbine
(White and Lavender)
State Tree
Colorado Blue Spruce
State Grass
Blue grama grass

Earth Symbols:
State Gemstone
State Soil

Miscellaneous Symbol:
State Dance
Square dance

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