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“LET’s GO to Colorado!”
Colorado: Centennial State
JOINED UNION: August 1, 1876
STATE BIRD: Lark Bunting
STATE FLOWER: Columbine
MEANING OF STATE NAME: Taken from the Spanish for the "color red" and was applied to the Colorado river; the state also has lots of red rocks
1992 POPULATION: 3,470,216
RANK FOR POPULATION: 26
LAND AREA: 103,730 square miles
SIZE RANK: 8
ECONOMY: Electronics, tourism, snow skiing and mountain sports, aerospace, mining, agriculture, livestock
HISTORY: This western state is the site of the 2,000-year-old Mesa Verde Indian cliff dwellings. Colorado was once Spanish territory. Eastern Colorado joined America as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The rest of Colorado followed by 1848, at the end of the Mexican-American War. Today, Colorado Springs is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, whose students aim to soar high in the sky, like the many peaks over 14,000 feet in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.
Colorado has some of America's most famous ski resorts: Aspen and Vail, among others.
The Most Hated Beetle
COLORADO, UNITED STATES
Don't be deceived by its smart appearance--by those five handsome, shiny black stripes on a yellow background, decorating each wing-cover. This is not a nice insect! The Colorado potato beetle is a famous, first-class American pest. It is hated everywhere it goes and has an international price on its head.
In the last decade, pictures of the Colorado potato beetle have been posted in police stations all over England, to alert people to look for any of these beetles before they had a chance to spread mass destruction to potato fields. It used to be that prompt control measures were effective, but now Colorado potato beetles have become resistant to all major chemicals.
Once confined to the Rocky Mountain area, this beetle lived on nightshade and other wild members of the potato family. When the potato was introduced to the area by settlers in the mid-19th century, the beetle turned its attention to this new food, moving from potato crop to potato crop, destroying them. The beetle's numbers increased rapidly, and it spread to Europe in the early 20th century.
So if you are fond of eating potatoes, you should worry about what these pretty little hump-backed pests are doing to potato plants everywhere.
Home Of The Ancient Ones
MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO
When Mesa Verde became a national park in 1906, it had already been over 600 years since the Indians who lived in the cliffs of this area vanished. Called the Anasazi, "Ancient Ones," by the Navajos, these cliff-dwellers had lived here for 800 years, growing beans and maize, rearing their children, and worshiping their gods.
Actually, another group of Indians called the Basketmakers, preceded the Anasazi, arriving at Mesa Verde around 550 A.D. Known for their skillful weaving of the yucca plant's fibers, the Basketmakers were able to grow corn, which gave them a reliable food supply and allowed them to stay in one place. They created a community.
Here, on top of the mesa, they found pinion pines and junipers, plenty of game, and natural springs for water. Their first homes were simple circular pits a few feet deep. Here they settled in. Eventually, they learned to make clay pots and these replaced their baskets for cooking and carrying water. Decorations of black designs on a white background became the trademark of Anasazi pottery. Coloring dyes came from local plants.
Later, these Indians were given the bow and arrow and the bean by traders who regularly came to their dwellings. Hunting was made easier with the bow and arrow. Beans were easy to grow. Now they had an improved diet, more strength, and more time for "leisure" activities. They built better houses.
Now, the Anasazi built their houses on the surface of the ground, rather than dug into the ground. These structures were the early stages of pueblos. Made from a mixture of mud, sticks, and stones over a framework of wooden poles and sandstone slabs, the houses became extended clan houses that had many rooms and could stretch for up to 150 feet.
The ways of the past were not completely abandoned; a hole was dug in one room of these clan houses. Here the men of the tribe did their religious devotions. These religious areas were called "kiva," as they are called today by the Hopi descendants of the Anasazi.
After a drought in the 11th century, the cliff-dwellers moved further north on the mesa to an area with more water. Here they began to build planned communities of stone. In the late 12th century, they began to build cities of stone in the alcoves of steep canyon walls.
They sought south and southwest-facing canyons, where they could get afternoon winter sun. Many of these dwellings can only be reached by climbing ladders or using handholds dug into the rock. These dwellings were a tremendous undertaking and required many hours of hard work leveling sloping floors, bringing stones up from the canyon floor, and carrying water, a jug at a time, up to make the mud needed for house walls.
The Anasazi never developed a written language so we do not know why they built these cliff dwellings. We do know that in 1276 a drought began that lasted for 23 years. The Anasazi left their cliff homes and never returned.
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