“We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, in order to form a more independent and perfect government; establish justice; insure tranquility; provide for the common defense; promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the ‘State of Colorado’.”
-Colorado’s Original Constitution
Happy birthday Colorado! You may be considered over the hill at 137 years old, but you’re definitely not over the mountain yet! On August 1st, 1876 Colorado became the 38th state, when President Ulysses S. Grant signed the proclamation declaring Colorado a part of the Union.
Miners discovered gold in 1858, and within a few months citizens realized that they needed to form a government and by 1859 they decided they needed to draft a constitution. It took many revisions, but finally by July 1st, 1876 the people agreed upon a constitution and that same year became a state. Chaffee County was created in 1879 and named after Jerome B. Chaffee, a United States Senator.
To celebrate Colorado’s big day all 42 Colorado state parks will have free admission on Monday, August 5th. It’s even better than cake!
Looking ahead, all National Parks will have free admission on:
– August 25, 2013 in celebration of the National Park Service Birthday
-September 28, 2013 in recognition of National Public Lands Day
-November 9-11, 2013 in honor of Veterans Day Weekend