Colorado Timeline History

arrow Colorado Timeline History

arrow 1682: Explorer La Salle appropriated the area east of the Rocky Mountains, now known as Colorado, for France
arrow 1765: Juan Maria Rivera led a Spanish expedition into the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo Mountains in search of gold and silver

arrow 1803: The U. S. acquired eastern Colorado from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase

arrow 1806: Lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike and small party of U.S. soldiers discovered peak that bears his name

arrow 1848: Mexico ceded western Colorado to United States by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

arrow 1851: First permanent settlement founded at San Luis

arrow 1854: Ute indians killed fifteen inhabitants of Fort Pueblo on Christmas Day

arrow 1858: Gold discovered in Denver

arrow 1859: The first stagecoach with mail for Cherry Creek settlements left Leavenworth, Kansas; the first newspaper in the region, the Rocky Mountain News, was published; more gold was discovered at North Clear Creek and the Blue River; oil was discovered

arrow 1861: Congress established the Colorado territory

arrow 1862: First oil well drilled

arrow 1863: Denver linked to the east coast by telegraph

arrow 1864 Sand Creek Massacre kills 163 Indians, mostly women and children; Denver hit by a devastating flood

arrow 1867: Denver is permanent seat of the government

arrow 1870: Railroad connections established with the East

arrow 1876: Colorado became the 38th state

arrow 1878: Telephones were installed in Denver

arrow 1881: Ute tribes moved onto reservations

arrow 1883: Electric lights installed in Denver

arrow 1886: The last public hanging in Denver occurred

arrow 1894: State Capitol completed at a cost of $2,500,000; Colorado was the second state to extend suffrage to women

arrow 1905: Colorado had three governors in one day due to a political squabble

arrow 1906: United States Mint in Denver issued its first coins.

arrow 1908: Denver Municipal Auditorium completed in time for the Democratic National Convention

arrow 1913: The "Big Snow of 1913" covered Colorado with 3 - 5 feet; licensing of automobiles began; Helen Robinson was first elected woman to serve in state Senate

arrow 1916: Colorado adopted prohibition

arrow 1922: First commerical radio license in state issued

arrow 1925: Federal Reserve Bank established in Denver

arrow 1942: Federal government established Amache, a camp for Japanese-Americans who were relocated from their homes on the West Coast

arrow 1958: Air Force Academy built near Colorado Springs; state suffered from grasshopper plague

arrow 1960: Denver Broncos professional football team established

arrow 1967: Denver Rockets became Colorado's professional American Basketball Association team

arrow 1974: Desegregation of schools in Denver began; Denver Rockets were renamed the Denver Nuggets

arrow 1976: A cloudburst on the Big Thompson River resulted in a massive flood in Larimer County, killing more than 145 people

arrow 1993: Colorado Rockies became first regional major league baseball team

arrow 1995: Quebec Nordiques National Hockey League team moved to Colorado and became the Colorado Avalanche; Denver International Airport opened; Denver landed a National Hockey League franchise; the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup; careless campers ignited the Buffalo Creek fire, which scorched 12,000 acres and destroyed nine homes; lightning struck in Mesa Verde National Park that resulted in fires that burned 4600 acres

arrow 1997: Oklahoma City bombing trials held in Denver

arrow 1998: Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl

arrow 1999: Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl again; Bill Owens elected governor the first Republican governor of the state in 24 years:; 12 students and one teacher murdered and 23 other students wounded at Columbine High School in Denver

arrow 2000: The Hi Meadow fire ravaged 10,800 acres and destroyed 51 homes; the Bobcat fire burned 10,600 acres and destroyed 22 structures; the Bircher fire raged across 23,000 acres in Mesa Verde National Park

2005: Referendum C, a five year tax package which modified the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, passed by voters

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