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5 Fun Facts About November 2 In Colorado History

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1. In 1870, the Denver and Rio Grande Railway began operations in Colorado, connecting Denver to the mining towns of Leadville and Pueblo.

2. On November 2, 1889, Colorado became the 38th state to join the Union after a decades-long campaign for statehood. The state's official nickname, "The Centennial State," celebrates this milestone.

3. In 1936, Colorado passed a law legalizing gambling in select cities, such as Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek. Today, these towns are popular tourist destinations for their casinos and historic mining communities.

4. On November 2, 1965, the City of Boulder became the first municipality in the country to pass a "right to die" law, which allowed terminally ill patients to refuse life-sustaining treatment.

5. In 2010, Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana use through a voter-approved ballot initiative. Since then, several other states have followed suit, sparking a nationwide debate over the drug's legality and impact on public health.
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