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5 Fun Facts About July 8 In Colorado History

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1. Colorado was officially admitted to the Union on July 8, 1876. This came just four months after Colorado's statehood was approved by the United States Congress. Colorado is known as the "Centennial State" because it was admitted to the Union on the centennial anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

2. The Cherry Creek Dam, which provides flood control and a water supply for the Denver metropolitan area, was completed on July 8, 1950. The dam stands 198 feet tall and is capable of holding up to 134,273 acre-feet of water, with a surface area of about 880 acres.

3. On July 8, 1908, a major train wreck occurred near Pueblo, Colorado. Two trains collided head-on, killing 16 people and injuring many others. The accident was caused by a miscommunication between the train dispatchers.

4. Colorado Springs native and former astronaut Mike Fincke was born on July 8, 1967. Fincke has logged over 381 days in space across three separate missions, and has flown on both the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle.

5. The annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival takes place on the weekend closest to July 8. This festival celebrates Asian Pacific American cultures through food, music, and traditional dragon boat racing competitions. The festival draws tens of thousands of visitors each year.
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