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
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
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
Titanic before the luxury liner sank in 1912.