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5 Fun Facts About December 1 In Colorado History

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1. Colorado Became a State on December 1, 1876
December 1 marks the anniversary of Colorado becoming the 38th state in the nation in 1876, just 28 days after the United States celebrated its centennial. The state's capital, Denver, was chosen as the state capital in 1867, before becoming a state.

2. The Silverton Train Started Operating on December 1, 1882
On December 1, 1882, the Silverton Train began operating, offering transportation to the town of Silverton and its mining operations. The train still operates today as a popular tourist attraction in southwestern Colorado, offering breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains.

3. John Elway Became the Denver Broncos' General Manager on December 1, 2010
On December 1, 2010, former Broncos quarterback John Elway was named the team's general manager, a position he held until 2020. Under his leadership, the Broncos won their third Super Bowl championship in 2015 and made the playoffs five times.

4. The Wichita State University Plane Crash Occurred on December 1, 1970
On December 1, 1970, a plane carrying the Wichita State University football team crashed in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, killing 31 people. The crash remains one of the deadliest tragedies in sports history.

5. The Dancing Christmas Lights Display in Colorado Springs Began on December 1, 2021
On December 1, 2021, the annual Dancing Christmas Lights display in Colorado Springs began, featuring a festive light show synchronized to holiday music. The display has become a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike.
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