Posted by: Ron DuBour | December 21, 2015

Knowing America through Poetry ~ COLORADO ~ by rldubour


Monday! time to pack and move onto our next state (in alpha order)!

 

Knowing America through Poetry

COLORADO

Colorado means, “Colored Red”
And known as the Centennial State.
After viewing Pikes Peak, “America the Beautiful”
Was written by, ~~ Katherine Lee Bates.

The oldest wooden merry-go-round,
Dates back to nineteen-hundred- and five.
The world’s highest suspension bridge,
To get over~~ some people refuse to drive

July fourth in eighteen-sixty-nine
World’s first rodeo, to ride those wild things!
John Henry “Doc Holliday” died on
November eight in Glenwood Springs.

In America, Colfax Avenue in Denver
Is the longest continuous street.
And Leadville is the highest city at
Ten-thousand, four hundred and thirty feet.

The state bird is the Prairie Lark Finch;
The flower is the Rocky Mountain Columbine.
The Post Office that’s in Loveland each year
Re-mails hundreds of thousand Valentines!

The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
And the Hairstreak Butterfly
Just two more symbols of this state
In case you’re asked, you can reply.

Pueblo~~ the only city in America where four
Recipients of the Metal of Honor are still living.
In eighteen-seventy-nine the last conflict
The Meeker Massacre was unforgiving.

Known as the “Mother of Rivers”
Where most major rivers get their source.
Motto is: “Nothing without the Deity”
Means personification of force.

A Georgian in eighteen-fifty-nine

By the name of John Gregory

Found the richest square mile on earth

The biggest Mother Load in history.

It’s time again for famous names
Like Carpenter, Allen and Elway
Fairbanks, Nighthorse, and Chaney
Whitman, Dempsey and Duray.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Statehood, August 1, 1876 the 38th state
Capital is Denver

AUTHOR NOTES:

1905 Merry-go-round located in Burlington 1,053 feet high suspending over Royal Gorge. Doc Holliday-August 14, 1852–November 8, 1887 July 4th, 1869 in Deer Trail, Worlds first rodeo John Gregory, known at the The Gregory Lode near Central City. 1859. The Colorado Rockies are part of the North American Cordillera, which stretches 3,000 miles from Alaska, through western Canada and the United States, into northern Mexico. The centerpieces of this dramatic uplift are the peaks over 14,000 feet, or “Fourteeners”, as they are affectionately referred to by climbers. There are 52 Fourteeners in Colorado. Mesa Verde features an elaborate four-story city carved in the cliffs by the Ancestral Pueblo people between 600 and 1300A.D. The mystery surrounding this ancient cultural landmark is the sudden disappearance of the thousands of inhabitants who created the more than 4,000 identified structures. The Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington dates back to 1905, making it the oldest wooden merry-go-round in the United States. It is the only wooden carousel in America still with its original paint.
The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been in continuous operation since 1881 and has appeared in more than a dozen movies including How the West Was Won (1963) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).
The highest suspension bridge in the world is over the Royal Gorge near Canon City. The Royal Gorge Bridge spans the Arkansas River at a height of 1,053 feet. The world’s largest natural hot springs pool located in Glenwood Springs. The two-block long pool is across the street from the historic Hotel Colorado, a favorite stop of former president Teddy Roosevelt.

 


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