History of the Colorado Flag
The Colorado State Flag features three horizontal bands in the colors of blue, white and blue. In the center of the flag is a big red "C" that is filled with a yellow/golden disc. The red, blue and white colors of the flag are derived from the flag of the United States of America. The blue color represents the clear blue skies, the white color represents the snow on the Rocky Mountains, the red color represents the soil of Colorado and the yellow/gold color represents the gold that the state produces as well as the sunshine. The blue and white colors together represent the "Columbine" which is Colorado's state flower. The "C" represents the name of Colorado. The first Colorado State Flag was adopted on June 5th, 1911 and was designed by Andrew Carlisle Carson. The Colorado State Flag used today was modified (the "C" in the center of the flag was made larger) on March 31st, 1964.
Colorado is a Western state in the Rocky Mountains region. It shares borders with New Mexico, Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming. The Southwest corner of the state joins with Utah, Arizona and New Mexico meaning that you can be in all four states at the same time. The capital city is called Denver and is also known as the "Mile-High City" due to the fact that it is 5,280 feet (one mile) above sea level. Colorado is also referred to as the "Centennial State" as it became an official state the same year that the United States of America was 100 years old. The state of Colorado was named after the Colorado River. The name translates as "colored red" and was given that title by the Spanish explorers that traveled through the area due to the color of the river and its muddy hue.
The original inhabitants of the area Colorado were American native tribes that included the Ancient Pueblo people, Ute, Arapho and Cheyenne. The first European to reach the area was Francisco de Corenado in 1541, who was a Spanish Explorer. He came to the area to seek gold but left as he was unable to find it. The area was then visited in 1682 by French explorer Robert de La Salle, who claimed the land for France and it became part of the France Louisiana territory.
Following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Eastern Colorado became part of the United States of America and in 1806, the American explorer Zeublan Pike mapped out the region which included high mountains that were named "Pikes Peak." In 1848, following the Mexican-American War, the United States of America then also gained control of Western Colorado. In 1858, lots of gold was discovered at Pikes Peak, and, as a result of the discovery, thousands of people went to the state in search for wealth and the state grew. In 1861, the territory was officially created by the United States of America government and on November 7th, 1876, Colorado officially became a state.