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5 Fun Facts About January 8 In Colorado History

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1. In 1859, the first gold nugget in Colorado history was discovered on January 8 near the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River in what is now Denver. The discovery sparked the Colorado Gold Rush and led to the state's population increasing by more than tenfold in just ten years.

2. On January 8, 1867, Charles F. Dodge became Colorado's third governor, serving for just one term. During his term, he worked to expand the state's railroads and improve its irrigation and water rights systems.

3. In 1912, the Colorado State Capitol building was officially dedicated on January 8. The building's distinctive gold dome was added several years later and is now a symbol of the state.

4. On January 8, 1920, Colorado became the first state in the nation to grant women the right to vote through a state-wide referendum. The referendum passed with a strong majority, and women were able to vote in the 1920 presidential election, the first in which they could participate.

5. In 2019, Jared Polis was sworn in as Colorado's 43rd governor on January 8. He is the state's first openly gay governor and has been a vocal advocate for progressive causes such as renewable energy and universal healthcare.
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