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Things You May (or May Not) Know About Colorado

Things to Know About Colorado
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We know you know Colorado, but do you really know Colorado? For example, did you know Colorado claims the Cheeseburger was invented here? The state lays claim to some impressive records.

There are a few claims to the cheeseburger fame, but the only person to receive a patent for the term “cheeseburger” was Louis Ballast who owned the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver.

Take a look at some of the other odd and interesting things about Colorado.


Capitol Building Marble



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Doug Pensinger, Getty Images

The marble used in the construction of the Capitol Building — Beulah red — was mined in Beulah, Colo. The cutting, polishing and installation took 6 years. The construction used all the Beulah red in existence, it cannot be replaced at any cost.

Another fun fact about the Capitol, the 13th step is exactly one mile above sea level.

Land Before Time



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Carl Court, Getty Images

Did you know the world’s first Stegosaurus was found right here in our backyard? Yep, Grand Junction, Colo. proudly wears that honor.

No Drinking and Riding, Cowboy




After throwing back a few cold ones, you may not want to jump on your trusty stead. It is illegal to ride a horse under the influence — in other words, don’t drink and horse.

We’re in Federal Territory



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Sean Gallup, Getty Images

This land is their land… the US Federal Government owns more than 1/3 of the land in Colorado.

Really High Gators



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No need to travel to Florida to check out some gators. Colorado is home to the highest alligator colony. The Colorado Gators Reptile Park near Alamosa is located at an elevation of 7,559 feet.

Wine on Top of the World



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Jupiter Images

If you want to enjoy a nice glass of wine while sitting on top of the world — not literally — check out Aplino Vino at Telluride Ski Resort. It boasts the highest elevation of any other wine bar in the nation at 11,966 feet.

One Long Street



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Google Maps

Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America at 26 miles long. That’s one long Main Street.

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