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5 Fun Facts About July 5 In Colorado History

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1. In 1878, Colorado celebrated its first Independence Day as a state. Despite being admitted to the Union in 1876, the state did not have an official holiday until two years later.

2. On July 5, 1932, the highest recorded temperature in Colorado history was recorded in Alamosa. The thermometer reached a scorching 118 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. In 1969, a severe hailstorm pummeled the Denver area on July 5, causing $25 million in damages. The storm dropped hailstones as large as baseballs and caused widespread flooding.

4. The first commercial airline service in Colorado began on July 5, 1927 when Western Air Express began flying between Denver and Salt Lake City.

5. July 5, 1976 marked the opening of the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The center has since hosted numerous conventions, exhibitions, and events.
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