Colorado was bordered by the states of Wyoming to the north, Nebraska and Kansas to the northeast and east, on the south by New Mexico and Oklahoma, on the west by Utah, and Arizona to the southwest. The four states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona met at one common point known as the Four Corners, which was known as the heart of the American Southwest. Colorado was noted for its vivid landscape.
With an area of 269,837 km2 in a rough 612 km x 452 km rectangle, Colorado was the 8th most extensive of the 50 United States. Northeast, east, and southeast Colorado were mostly high plains, while Northern Colorado is a mix of high plains, foothills, and mountains. Northwest and west Colorado are predominantly mountainous, with some desert lands mixed in. Southwest and southern Colorado are a complex mixture of desert and mountain areas.
The climate of Colorado is more complex than states outside of the region. Most of Colorado is made up of mountains, foothills, high plains, and desert lands. Mountains and surrounding valleys greatly affect local climate. As a general rule, with an increase in elevation comes a decrease in temperature and an increase in precipitation.
The US government was a major economic force in the state with many facilities in the Colorado Springs – Denver area. In addition, Colorado had abundant National Forest land and four National Parks that contributed to federal ownership of 99,617 km2 of land in Colorado, or 37% of the total area of the state. Mining, agriculture, and livestock were important. Industry was based on the extraction and processing of minerals and agricultural products. Pre Ascent agricultural products were cattle, wheat, dairy products, corn, and hay.
Pre Ascent ColoradoEdit
The state was named for the Colorado River, which Spanish travelers named the Río Colorado for the ruddy silt the river carried from the mountains. On August 1, 1876 OTT, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state. Colorado was nicknamed the "Centennial State" because it became a state in the centennial year of the United States Declaration of Independence.
Most of modern Colorado’s population lives in the old Front Range Urban Corridor and east. Western Colorado is now part of the Rocky Mountains Super Park.
Economically, the tourism and service sectors are the major force. Agriculture, and livestock are still important. Industry is based on growing and processing the agricultural products of cattle, wheat, dairy products, corn, and hay. There are extensive research and scientific companies in the old Denver area.