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5 Fun Facts About January 4 In Colorado History

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1. On January 4, 1876, Colorado achieved statehood, becoming the 38th state in the United States. The state's name is derived from the Spanish word "colorado," meaning "red-colored," which refers to the red sandstone formations found in the region.

2. The year 1896 marked the first time that the Winter X Games were held in Colorado, on January 4-6 in Breckenridge. The X Games have since become an annual event, featuring extreme winter sports such as snowboarding and skiing.

3. On January 4, 1936, the first ski resort in Colorado, called Sun Valley, opened near Denver. Over the years, Colorado has become one of the premier destinations for skiing in the United States, with over 25 ski resorts throughout the state.

4. In 1956, the Denver Art Museum opened its doors to the public on January 4th. The museum is known for its impressive collection of American Indian art, as well as its modern and contemporary art exhibits.

5. On January 4, 1999, the Colorado Avalanche hockey team played their first game at the newly constructed Pepsi Center in Denver. The Avalanche went on to win two Stanley Cup championships in their first five years at the arena.
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