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5 Fun Facts About September 27 In Colorado History

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1. On September 27, 1858, the first gold claim in Colorado was made by George A. Jackson in what is now known as Chicago Creek in Clear Creek Canyon. This discovery sparked the Colorado Gold Rush and brought thousands of miners to the region.

2. In 1905, the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I) purchased the Colorado Midland Railway, a narrow-gauge railroad that operated from Colorado Springs to Leadville, passing through the mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor. The CF&I operated the railroad until it was abandoned in 1918.

3. The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad opened its Royal Gorge Route on September 27, 1879. The route runs through the Arkansas River Gorge and features stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.

4. On September 27, 1864, the Sand Creek massacre occurred when a group of Colorado Territory militia attacked a peaceful camp of Cheyenne and Arapaho people, killing approximately 230 men, women, and children. The event continues to be a dark chapter in Colorado's history and a reminder of the mistreatment of Native Americans.

5. The Colorado State Fair, one of the state's oldest and largest annual events, began on September 27, 1869, in Pueblo. The fair showcases Colorado's agriculture, livestock, and other industries, as well as live entertainment, carnival rides, and food vendors.
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