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The state was named for the Colorado River, which Spanish travelers named the Río Colorado for the ruddy (Spanish: colorado) silt the river carried from the mountains. The Territory of Colorado was organized on February 28, 1861, and on August 1, 1876, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed Proclamation 230 admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state. Colorado is nicknamed the “Centennial State” because it became a state a century after the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence.
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Colorado is a state in the United States encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. Colorado is part of the Western United States, the Southwestern United States, and the Mountain States. Colorado is the 8th most extensive and the 21st most populous of the 50 United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Colorado was 5,540,545 on July 1, 2016, an increase of 10.17% since the 2010 United States Census.
Colorado is bordered by Wyoming to the north, Nebraska to the northeast, Kansas to the east, Oklahoma to the southeast, New Mexico to the south, Utah to the west, and Arizona to the southwest at the Four Corners. Colorado is noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, mesas, canyons, plateaus, rivers, and desert lands.
Denver is the capital and the most populous city of Colorado. Residents of the state are properly known as Coloradans, although the term “Coloradoan” has been used archaically and lives on in the title of Fort Collins’ newspaper, the Coloradoan.
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As of 2013, Colorado has 184,289 road miles throughout its statelines. The state consists of 5 mainline highways, 18 U.S. highways, and 139 state highways. The longest of these is US 160 which stretches 497.223 miles from US 160 near Teec Nos Pos, Arizona, to US 160 near Walsh. The longest mainline highway is Interstate 70 which runs 449.589 miles east to west through the center of the state. I-70 in the west serves primarily as a highway connecting the metropolitian areas of Grand Junction and Denver through the Rocky Mountains. In the east, I-70 crosses through the Great Plains, thus connecting Denver with Kansas and Missouri. Other mainline highways include: Interstate 25 (runs from I-25 at the New Mexico state line to I-25 at the Wyoming state line), Interstate 76 (runs from I-70 at the Utah state line to I-76 at the Nebraska state line), Interstate 225 (runs from I-25 in Denver to I-70 in Aurora and Denver), and Interstate 270 (runs from US 36 and I-25 in Adams County to I-70 in Denver). The state also includes various toll roads labeled E-470, Northwest Parkway, Pikes Peak Highway, and Trail Ridge Road.