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Colorado State Name Origin

Colorado Geology & Topography map - click to see all state name origins
Colorado geology and topography map
courtesy of USGS: A Tapestry of Time and Terrain
Colorado - click to see all state name origins

What does the word Colorado mean?

Colorado is of Spanish origin, meaning "colored red." The name was applied to the Colorado river (because of the red sandstone soil of the region) and came into use for the entire territory after the discovery of gold in the Pike's Peak region. In 1861 congress chose Colorado as the name for the Territory.

Colorado is also called "Colorful Colorado" because of the magnificent scenery of mountains, rivers and plains.

Colorado Rockies - click to see all state name origins
Colorado Rocky Mountains in background (14,000 ft+ Long's Peak is the most prominant) - giant cottonwood in foreground - photo © Fort Photo on Flickr - noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike. See All State Name Origins.
Source:
Symbols & Emblems: Colorado State Archives
Colorado Quick Facts: Ben's Guide to US Government
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animal - bird
fish - insect
flower - grass
tree - soil
fossil - mineral
gemstone - rock

flag - seal - motto
name - nickname
song 1- song 2
museum - quarter
dance - tartan
reptile - sports
 

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