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General background about the Colorado Flag

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The Colorado state flag displays a large circular red 'C' filled with a gold disc superimposed on a field of three horizontal stripes of equal width; the top and bottom stripes are blue, and the middle stripe white.

  • MOTTO: "Nothing Without Providence"
  • ENTERED UNION: Aug. 1, 1876
  • FLAG ADOPTED: June 5, 1911
  • COMMENTS: It is outlined in the state statute that the Colorado state flag should be accompanied by a cord of gold and silver intertwined with gold and silver tassels. This color choice is in recognition of the many gold and silver mines scattered throughout the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado.


Andrew Carlisle Johnson designed the original Colorado flag in 1911. Modifications to the legislation in 1929 and again in 1964 clarified the specifications of the flag's design. For example, the letter "C" is one fifth the length of the flag from the staff end; The diameter of the letter "C" is two thirds the width of the flag, the inner line of the letter being three fourths the width of its body and the outer line double the length of the inner line of the letter. The red, white, and blue colors match the color shades of the U.S. flag and are said to represent the word Colorado (Colorado is Spanish for 'Red'), its 'blue' skies, and its 'white', snow-capped mountains. The Gold disc stands for Colorado's golden sunshine and its gold-filled mountains.


Colorado Flag
State Flag, Colorado




  • Colorado means "colored red".
  • As protection against earthquakes or nuclear explosions, the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center of NORAD is mounted on more than 1,300 giant springs that allow it to sway up to 12 inches in any direction.
  • The longest continuous street in America is Colfax Avenue, the main east/west corridor that cuts through the state's capital city, Denver.
  • The 700-foot-high, wind-shaped sand dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Monument occupy an area that was covered by an ancient sea more than one million years ago.
  • The benefits of fluorides for healthy teeth were discovered when a study determined that fluoride in the drinking water of Colorado Springs caused residents to have fewer cavities.
  • The Unsinkable Molly (Margaret Tobin) Brown was a citizen of Leadville where her husband struck it rich when he found gold in 1893. She earned her nickname by helping women and children leave the Titanic before the luxury liner sank in 1912.


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