Colorado's 133rd birthday was August 1, with Governor Bill Ritter issuing a proclamation to commemorate the occasion (via 9News). But the state doesn't officially celebrate "Colorado Day" until the first Monday of August, and part of yesterday's celebration included free entry to state parks (via the Berthoud Recorder). Westword opines that the state is "looking a little worse for wear," citing needed repairs at the gold-ensconced dome of our Capitol. Meanwhile, 5 News First provides a short history lesson, highlighting details about how Colorado became a territory in the Civil War era and, following a gold rush and mining boom, how we became the 36th state in 1876 thanks to the signature of President Ulysses S. Grant.
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