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Old 11-25-2013, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Hey everyone! This thread is just to add any cool information about Colorado you know of or can come up with. I'll go first

I was just reading about Volcano's and came to find out that the largest explosive volcanic eruption happened in Colorado at a place called La Garita Caldera. Pretty cool! La Garita Caldera | Online references | cyclopaedia.net
http://medbib.com/La_Garita_Caldera

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Old 11-25-2013, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Lol, my thoughts exactly!
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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He knows a guy who was there when it happened.....
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Old 11-25-2013, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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There at least 156 rivers whose headwaters begin in Colorado. At least 15 of those have a watershed area of 4,000 sq. mi. or more.

They are (by size):
1. Arkansas River (184,750 sq. mi.)
2. Rio Grande (176,555 sq. mi.)
3. Canadian River (47,375 sq. mi.)
4. North Platte River (31,180 sq. mi.)
5. Colorado River (26,252 sq. mi.)
6. San Juan River (24,927 sq. mi.)
7. South Platte River (24,223 sq. mi.)
8. Smoky Hill River (19,994 sq. mi.)
9. Yampa River (8,304 sq. mi.)
10. Gunnison River (8,051 sq. mi.)
11. North Fork Republican River (5,086 sq. mi.)
12. White River (5,015 sq. mi.)
13. Dolores River (4,633 sq. mi.)
14. Laramie River (4,618 sq. mi.)
15. Little Snake River (4,104 sq. mi.)

All but one of those (the Gunnison) flow out of Colorado as directed by the Continental Divide. Only the Rio Grande and the Colorado flow to the sea without being a tributary of some other river (dammed portions notwithstanding).
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:35 PM
 
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Colorado is not earthquake-free. There was an earthquake in 1882 near Estes Park that was estimated to have been a magnitude 6.6. It caused damage 40 miles away in Boulder.

More recently, there have been magnitude 5+ earthquakes that were actually determined to have been caused by drilling and injecting waste deep into the earth.
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Colorado is the only state to have turned down the Olympics. The Winter Olympics were scheduled to come to Denver in 1976 but voters overturned those plans due to concerns over the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on the area. They were held in Innsbruck, Austria instead.
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Old 11-25-2013, 03:44 PM
 
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Colorado is the only state to have turned down the Olympics. The Winter Olympics were scheduled to come to Denver in 1976 but voters overturned those plans due to concerns over the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on the area. They were held in Innsbruck, Austria instead.
Speaking of the 1976 Olympics, the Beaver Creek ski resort was initially created to be the location of the alpine ski events.

There were a lot of concerns about the Nordic events, because rules restricted them from being held above a certain altitude, and the organizing committee wanted everything within an hour of Denver, so they were planned to be held near Evergreen. The people near Evergreen objected, and this was one of the major reasons the movement to reject the Colorado Olympics was born. The downhill events were planned to be held at a new ski area to be built higher up Loveland Pass from the Loveland Ski Area, which did not have any runs long enough to be used for the Olympic Downhill event. Eventually the organizing committee moved the Nordic events to Steamboat, and the Alpine events to what was to become Beaver Creek, but public opinion had already shifted against having the Olympics here.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/35441125/#.UpPQWHeabSg
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:02 PM
 
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Here's a controversial "Did you know": Colorado was the first state to legalize abortion, enacted back when Colorado was controlled by moderate Republicans. The law was enacted by a Republican majority Legislature and signed by Republican Governor. Modern-day left-wing lunatic liberals hate that because they can't take credit for it, and modern-day Republicans right-wing lunatics hate it because it was "their" party that did it. All I can say is that it happened back when a Legislature and Governor of Colorado weren't going to be brow-beaten into doing (or not doing) what a bunch of outside interests dictated. On a personal note, I was acquainted with the Governor who signed that bill, John Love, and if there ever was an honest politician, he was it. He was a true gentleman, and arguably one of the best Governors that Colorado ever had, and certainly better than any since.

Here's another one: Ralph Carr, interestingly also a Republican, was Governor of Colorado when World War II broke out. A San Luis Valley resident, he had seen the bitter results of bigotry first-hand down in the SLV. When FDR ordered the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent after the War broke out only because of their ancestry, Ralph Carr was nearly alone in vehemently denouncing it as a betrayal of everything that America stood for. His courage cost him his political career. Meanwhile, his Democratic rival, "Big Ed" Johnson, who served both as a US Senator from Colorado and as Governor, fully supported the interments. Most anyone who lives in Colorado very long will have heard about Big Ed Johnson, but hardly anyone remembers Ralph Carr. A lady that I know who was a Japanese-American interned at one of the prison camps as a child, told me that the only politician for which she had any respect was Ralph Carr--noting that he had the courage to do what was right when he fully knew that it would cost him his political career. Boy, do we need some political leadership like that, both in Colorado and in Washington, DC.

By the way, on an unrelated note, the common mantra was that the 1976 US Olympics were rejected by the Colorado voters because of the then relatively new environmental movement. Certainly, they had vocal opposition to the '76 bid. But, the main reason that voters said "no" to the Olympics was because they recognized the Olympics for what they were: a bald-faced fraud supported by the land development interests to build a bunch of infrastructure that would only profit the developers, and stick the taxpayers with the huge bill for all of it. It was about the last time in Colorado that the populace and politicians stood up to the land development carpetbaggers, and the state has suffered terribly since then because of the voters' and politicians' unwillingness to run the "land development at all costs" crowd--said costs to be mainly borne by the taxpayers--out of Colorado for good.
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:26 PM
 
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If anyone gets around downtown Denver, say around 18th to 19th and Larimer, there is an interesting area there called Sakura Square. There is a bust of former Colorado Governor Ralph Carr there that gives detail to his stance on FDR's policy towards the Japanese-Americans. Governor Carr was in office from 1939 to 1943. During his tenure in office, he was the only elected official to publicly apologize to the Japanese Americans for their internment of the war. Mr. Carr served just the one term and IMO his comments cost him. IIRC the Denver Post made him their Person Of The Century in 1999.
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