About

   
   
   
   
 

Capital: Denver

State Nickname: Centennial State

State Bird: Lark Bunting

State Flower: Columbine

Admitted to the Union: August 1, 1876

Governors

November 3, 1876 to January 14, 1879:

John L. Routt

January 14, 1879 to January 9, 1883:

Frederick W. Pitkin

January 9, 1883 to January 13, 1885:

James G. Grant

January 13, 1885 to January 11, 1887:

Benjamin H. Eaton

January 11, 1887 to January 10, 1889:

Alva Adams

January 10, 1889 to January 13, 1891:

Job A. Cooper

January 13, 1891 to January 108, 1893:

John L. Houtt

January 10, 1893 to January 8, 1895:

Davis H. Waite

January 8, 1895 to January 12, 1897:

Albert W. McIntire

January 12, 1897 to January 10, 1899:

Alva Adams

January 10, 1899 to January 13, 1901:

Charles S. Thomas

January 8, 1901 to January 13, 1903:

James B. Orman

January 13, 1903 to January 10, 1905:

James H. Peabody

January 10, 1905 to March 16, 1905:

Alva Adams*

March 16, 1905 to March 17, 1905:

James H. Peabody*

*The 1904 election between Alva Adams and James H. Peabody caused a dispute surroudning charges of fraud that was settled by the legislature. Both contenders were required to withdaw. Adams served as governor for 66 days and Peabody for one day.

March 17, 1905 to January 8, 1907:

Kesse F. McDonald

January 8, 1907 to January 12, 1909:

Henry A. Buchtel

January 12, 1909 to January 14, 1913:

John F. Shafroth

January 14, 1913 to January 12, 1915:

Elias M. Ammons

January 12, 1915 to January 9, 1917:

George A. Carlson

January 9, 1917 to January 14, 1919:

Julius C. Gunter

January 14, 1919 to January 9, 1923:

Oliver H. Shoup

January 9, 1923 to January 13, 1925:

William E. Sweet

January 13, 1925 to January 11, 1927:

Clarence J. Morley

January 11, 1927 to January 10, 1933:

William H. Adams

January 10, 1933 to January 3, 1937:

Edwin C. Johnson

January 3, 1937 to January 12, 1937:

Ray H. Talbot

January 12, 1937 to January 10, 1939:

Teller Ammons

January 10, 1939 to January 12, 1943:

Ralph L. Carr

January 12, 1943 to January 14, 1947:

John C. Vivian

January 14, 1947 to April 15, 1950:

William L. Knous

April 15, 1950 To January 9, 1951:

Walter W. Johnson

January 9, 1951 to January 11, 1955:

Dan Thornton

January 11, 1955 to January 8, 1957:

Edwin C. Johnson

January 8, 1957 to January 8, 1963:

Stephen L. R. McNichols

January 8, 1963 to July 16, 1973:

John A. Love

July 16, 1973 to January 14, 1975:

John D. Vanderhoof

January 14, 1975 to January 13, 1987:

Richard D. Lamm

January 13, 1987 to January 8, 1999:

Roy Romer

January 9, 1999 to January 8, 2007

Bill Owens

January 9, 2007 -

Bill Ritter

 
 
Senators - Class II

November 15, 1876 – April 17, 1882

Henry Moore Teller

April 16,1882 – January 26, 1883

George Miles Chilcott

January 27, 1883 – March 3, 1883

Horace Austin Tabor

March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1889

Thomas Mead Bowen

March 3, 1889 – March 2, 1901

Edward Oliver Wolcott

March 3, 1903 – March 2, 1907

Thomas MacDonald Patterson

March 3, 1907 – March 2,1913

Simon Guggenheim

March 2, 1913 – March 3, 1919

John Franklin Shafroth

March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1931

Lawrence Cowle Phipps

March 4, 1931 – January 2, 1937

Edward Prentiss Costigan

January 3, 1937 – January 2, 1955

Edwin Carl Johnson

January 3, 1955 – January 2, 1973

Gordon Llewellyn Allott

January 3, 1973 – January 2, 1979

Floyd Kirk Haskell

January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1991

William Lester Armstrong

January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1997

George Hanks Brown

January 7, 1997 – January 5, 2009

William Lester Armstrong

January 6, 2009 –

George Hanks Brown

 
Senators - Class III

November 15, 1876 – March 3, 1879

Jerome Bunty Chaffee

March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1885

Nathaniel Peter Hill

March 2, 1885 – March 3, 1909

Henry Moore Teller

March 4, 1909 – January 11, 1911

Charles James Hughes, Jr.

January 15, 1913 – March 3, 1921

Charles Spalding Thomas

March 4, 1921 – March 24, 1923

Samuel Danford Nicholson

March 25, 1923 – November 23, 1924 (Died in office)

Alva Blanchard Adams

December 1, 1924 – March 3, 1927

Rice William Means

March 4, 1927 – August 27, 1932 (Died in office)

Charles Winfield Waterman

August 30, 1932 – November 8, 1932

Walter Walker

December 7, 1932 – March 3, 1933

Karl Cortlandt Schuyler

March 4, 1933 – December 1, 1941 (Died in office)

Alva Blanchard Adams

December 20, 1941 – January 2, 1957

Eugene Donald Millikin

January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1963

John Albert Carroll

January 3, 1963 – January 2, 1975

Peter Hoyt Dominick

January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1987

Gary Hart

January 4, 1987 – January 3, 1993

Timothy E. Wirth

January 3, 1993 – January 2, 2005

Benjamin Nighthorse Campbell

January 3, 2005 –

Kenneth Lee Salazar

 
State Song

Where the Columbines Grow

Lyrics & Music by A.J. Fynn

Where the snowy peaks gleam in the moonlight,
above the dark forests of pine,
And the wild foaming waters dash onward,
toward lands where the tropic stars shine;
Where the scream of the bold mountain eagle,
responds to the notes of the dove
Is the purple robed West, the land that is best,
the pioneer land that we love.

Chorus

The bison is gone from the upland,
the deer from the canyon has fled,
The home of the wolf is deserted,
the antelope moans for his dead,
The war whoop re-echoes no longer,
the Indian's only a name,
And the nymphs of the grove in their loneliness rove,
but the columbine blooms just the same.

Chorus

Let the violet brighten the brookside,
in sunlight of earlier spring,
Let the fair clover bedeck the green meadow,
in days when the orioles sing,
Let the golden rod herald the autumn,
but, under the midsummer sky,
In its fair Western home, may the columbine bloom
till our great mountain rivers run dry.

Chorus

Tis the land where the columbines grow,
Overlooking the plains far below,
While the cool summer breeze in the evergreen trees
Softly sings where the columbines grow.

Where the Columbines Grow was adopted as the official state
song on May 8, 1915, by an act of the General Assembly.
Citation: Senate Bill 308, 1915; Colorado Revised Statute 24-80-909

Click Left Triangle to Play Melody
State Population

1870: 39,864

1880: 194,327

1890: 412,198

1900: 539,700

1910: 799,024

1920: 939,629

1930: 1,035,791

1940: 1,123,296

1950: 1,325,089

1960: 1,753,947

1970: 2,209,596

1980: 2,889,964

1990: 3,294,394

2000: 4,301,997


State Capitol Building 1907
 

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