Dixie Darr

Colorado Firsts

In Denver, Lent - Season of Change on April 4, 2017 at 9:59 am

Lent – Season of Change, Day 30

I picked up the annual Westword Best of Denver edition, something I used to do religiously, but which lately has been hit-or-miss.

The first article featured Colorado Classics – 100 Things Every Newcomer Needs to Know About the Mile-High City. I’ve been here since 1951, but there are still a few things on the list that I didn’t know.

Here are Ten Colorado Firsts

Colorado was the first state to give women the vote.

Colorado was the first state to legalize abortion.

Colorado was the first state to issue a same-sex marriage license.

Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Colorado was the first (and so far the only) state to reject the Olympics.

Metro Denver’s Scientific and Cultural Facilities District provides unprecedented support for the arts.

Metro Denver ranks highest in the country for people who pursue artistic activities.

Denver is the smallest city in the country with the big four professional sports teams.

Denver owns its own ski area, Winter Park.

Anyone can perform a marriage ceremony in Colorado.

Okay, they aren’t all exactly firsts, and four of them are exclusive to Denver, but almost all of them are something to be proud of.

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