Colorado turns 135 years old on August 1. History Colorado celebrates Colorado Day with free museum admissions and a special “Why I Love Colorado!” Facebook giveaway.
DENVER—On August 1, 1876, President Ulysses S. Grant officially welcomed Colorado into the Union. Called Colorado Day, August 1 represents a day to celebrate the past, honor the present and consider the future of the Centennial State.
This year, History Colorado celebrates Colorado Day with free admission to History Colorado museums around the state, and a chance for one lucky person to win four tickets for a “Family Dinner Train” ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad®. Details follow.
History Colorado Museums Free on Colorado Day
Mention that it’s Colorado Day on August 1 at any one of the following History Colorado museums listed here and receive free admission!
“Why I Love Colorado!” Giveaway
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HistoryColorado and share why you love Colorado under the related Facebook post from Thursday, July 28 at noon through Monday, Aug. 1, 11:59 p.m. MT. On Aug. 2, one entry will be selected to receive four tickets for one of History Colorado’s Georgetown Loop Railroad® “Family Dinner Trains.” Go to www.georgetownlooprr.com for more information about the Georgetown Loop Railroad® and its daily historic train rides and special event trains.
About Colorado Day
Congress created the Colorado Territory in 1861, on the eve of the Civil War. Wartime issues and an economic slump derailed attempts to gain admission in the 1860s. Railroad development and silver strikes drew thousands of new fortune-seekers in the 1870s. President Grant signed a proclamation creating Colorado as the 38th state in the Union on August 1, 1876.
About History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society
History Colorado connects people to the stories of Colorado’s past to provide perspectives, inspire interest, develop respect and create value in the future of Colorado. Established in 1879, History Colorado offers access to Colorado’s cultural and heritage resources, including statewide museums and special programs for individuals and families, collection stewardship of Colorado’s historic treasures, educational resources for schools, students and teachers, services related to preservation, archaeology and history, and a research library. A new headquarters and museum—the History Colorado Center—is currently under construction at 12th and Broadway in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District. Find History Colorado online at www.facebook.com/HistoryColorado and www.HistoryColorado.org, or call 303-HISTORY.