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5 Fun Facts About October 11 In Colorado History

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1. On October 11, 1905, the University of Denver officially opened its doors to students. It was established as a Methodist seminary and Denver's oldest private university.

2. The deadliest avalanche in US history occurred on October 11, 1913, on the border of Colorado and Montana. Known as the Wellington avalanche, it killed 96 people, most of them passengers on the Great Northern Railway.

3. In 1971, the Colorado Rockies hockey team played their very first game against the Atlanta Flames at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver. The team would go on to play in Colorado until 1982 when they moved to New Jersey.

4. On October 11, 2014, the Boulder County Fairgrounds hosted the annual Colorado Nutcracker Market for the first time. The event features over 100 vendors selling unique holiday gifts, art, and food.

5. The Colorado State Capitol building was completed on October 11, 1894, after 14 years of construction. It features a distinctive gold dome that is illuminated every night and stands as an iconic symbol of the state's history and government.
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