Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The Colorado Territory was formed in 1861 When Kansas was officially admitted to the Union as a state. Colorado Territory was created from pieces of the territories of Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico and Utah. The original boundaries of the Territory are Colorado's boundaries today. Colorado has no boundaries which are natural features; it is strictly defined by survey.
I am partial to Colorado, because I am a native Coloradan, though I have not lived there in sixty years. I was born in Prowers County in the southeastern part of the state. So close, in fact, to the state line that I barely missed being born in Kansas! Except for the first five years of my life, I grew up in Colorado, living in Canon City and Colorado Springs. I graduated Colorado Springs High School, then deserted my native state to roam this vast country we call America.
For natural beauty and diverse scenery, Colorado cannot be topped. Well, literally, one might say, for the highest point of elevation in the State is Mt. Elbert at 14,440 feet, one of 52 peaks that top 14,000 feet. But it's lowest point on the High Plains is 3317 feet above sea level, higher than any point in 18 other states!
Colorado is the "Centennial State" for it was admitted 100 years after our Declaration of Independence.
As an eighth grader, I studied Colorado history which was required of all eighth graders. I found it quite interesting, and I have to this day several books which deal with the history of the territory and the state. Unrelated factoid: when I sought employment as a teacher in the State of Indiana, it seemed for a bit that my failure to have studied Indiana history was going to block me from the classroom, or I was going to have to take a college-level course to satisfy the requirement. Some how, thank goodness, I obtained a "special dispensation" and though I have read a good bit of Indiana history over the years, I am one of very few people licensed to teach in Indiana who never officially studied the state history.