Governor Ritter proclaims Saturday 'Colorado Day'

3:12 PM, Aug 1, 2009   |    comments
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This year Governor Bill Ritter wants Coloradans to learn more about their state and historical treasures. He's asking people to share their favorite historical site.

In 1861, directly after the South seceded from the Union, Congress created the Colorado Territory. As a result of the gold rush and subsequent mining booms, the region quickly was populated, with the territorial capital, Denver, becoming a major supply town.

In 1876, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation creating Colorado as the 36th state in the Union -- the Centennial State.

The Governor's office wants residents to recommend up to three favorite destinations between now and August 16th. Once voting is complete the Governor's office will announce and promote the list of 133 favorite places (to commemorate Colorado's 133 years as a state).

The Governor's office recommends places from the Brown Palace Hotel to Denver's Museum of Nature and History to the Durango-Silverton Railroad. To recommend your favorite historic site: click here.

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