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Colorado became the thirty-eighth state admitted to the Union in 1876. Its entrance to the United States on the one hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence gave Colorado the nickname of the “Centennial State.” Colorado has an area of roughly one hundred thousand square miles and a population of just over five million. Even at its lowest point, Colorado is still over three thousand feet above sea level. There are two distinct geographical areas in Colorado: the mountains and the plains. The mountain areas saw extensive mining and have a more individualist ideological tilt. The mountain regions were also affected the most by state and federal efforts to improve transportation access through the mountains. The plains region lacked abundant water and ...

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