Happy 146th birthday to the State of Colorado. On this date in history, Colorado became the 38th state after previously being a territory from 1861. Designed by architect Elijah E. Myers, construction on the state capitol began in the 1890’s and opened to the public in November 1894 in a style reminiscent of the US capitol building using Colorado white granite and topped with a gold-coated dome. The dome is covered in copper panels and gilded with gold leaf from a Colorado mine and was added in 1908 to commemorate Colorado’s Gold Rush. A fresh application of 65 ounces of .999 pure Colorado mined gold was reapplied a few years ago. Sparkling in the Rocky Mountain sun, the dome now commemorates modern day settlers arriving for a different kind of rush…the flourishing marijuana industry and a robust state economy as thousands move to the state every year. According to the 2020 census, there are now over 5.685 million people in Colorado.
The interior of the capitol has what is believed to be the entire known supply of Colorado Rose Onyx, a rare rose marble mined from a quarry near Beulah, in southern Colorado. White Yule Marble from quarries near Marble, Colorado, was also used throughout the building for the floors.
Located in a downtown park designated as a national historic landmark, the capitol is situated slightly higher than the rest of downtown Denver. At 180 feet (55 m) tall, the entrance hall is open to the top of the dome, about the height of an 18-story building. Referred to as the Mile High City, the official elevation for Denver was marked on the outside West steps, where the 15th step is engraved with the words “One Mile Above Sea Level” at 5,280 feet (1,609m). A subsequent measurement taken in 1969 by Colorado State University students marked the 18th step as being the mile high marker. A more recent and accurate measurement taken in 2003, now identifies the 13th step as being at the one mile (1.6km) high mark.
Happy Birthday, Colorado. For an old broad, you’re looking good.
And now for today’s smile which isn’t nearly as funny when you’re in the middle of the queue.
Live, love, bark! 🐾