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5 Fun Facts About November 23 In Colorado History

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1. 1909: Denver Mint began producing pennies

On November 23, 1909, the Denver Mint began production of pennies. This was the first time that the Denver Mint had produced this denomination of coin. Prior to this, the United States Mint had only produced pennies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and San Francisco, California.

2. 1930: First ski race held at Loveland Ski Area

On November 23, 1930, the first ski race was held at Loveland Ski Area. The race was organized by the Denver Post and drew in skiers from all over the state of Colorado. Today, Loveland Ski Area is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders.

3. 1952: First rocket launch from Colorado

On November 23, 1952, the first rocket was launched from Colorado. The rocket, which was part of the Aerobee program, was launched from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and reached an altitude of 56 miles. This launch marked the beginning of Colorado's role in the space program.

4. 1979: First state lottery ticket sold

On November 23, 1979, the first state lottery ticket was sold in Colorado. The ticket cost $1 and the jackpot was $1 million. Today, the Colorado Lottery continues to provide funding for state parks, wildlife programs, and other initiatives.

5. 2010: Largest wildfire in Colorado history

On November 23, 2010, the Fourmile Canyon fire, which started near Boulder, became the largest wildfire in Colorado history. The fire burned over 6,000 acres and destroyed 169 homes. It took nearly a month to fully contain the fire.
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