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5 Fun Facts About February 26 In Colorado History

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1. In 1806, Lieutenant Zebulon Pike and his party arrived at the base of what is now known as Pikes Peak. They would eventually be imprisoned by Spanish authorities in nearby Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2. In 1863, the Colorado territorial legislature established the University of Colorado, which would eventually become CU Boulder, one of the state's largest and most prestigious universities.

3. In 1870, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad completed a line through the Royal Gorge, a deep and narrow canyon near Canon City. The railroad would play a critical role in the economic development of the state.

4. In 1935, the world's first ski lift, a rope tow powered by a Model A Ford engine, was installed at the Howelson Hill ski area in Steamboat Springs. Skiing would soon become a major industry in the state.

5. In 1987, Colorado's first female governor, Democrat Roy Romer, was sworn into office. Romer would serve three terms as governor and go on to become superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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