Colorado State Keyring
The name “Colorado” means “colored red” and the state’s official nickname is the Centennial State because it entered the Union in 1876; exactly 100 years after the birth of the Nation. Three-quarters of the land area in the United States with an altitude of over 10,000 feet lay within the borders of Colorado giving it the nickname “the Highest State.” It was the awe-inspiring view from Pike’s Peak that inspired Katherine Lee Bates to write “America the Beautiful.” Named for Lt. Zebulon Montgomery Pike toured the southwest portion of the Louisiana Territory in the early 19th century and published a report that attracted a lot of attention to the area. Pike’s Peak 14, 110 above sea level and at least 400,000 people or more ascend it every year. The Colorado Rockies are part of a mountain chain that stretches from Alaska through western Canada through the United States and into northern Mexico. The range is known as the North American Cordillera and its centerpiece is 14,000 peaks, or “fourteeners.” In Colorado there are 52 fourteeners.
Another nickname for Colorado is the Switzerland of America; named for its majestic mountains, natural beauty, and for its elevation. The voters in Colorado actually voted down hosting the Winter Olympics at the last minute in 1976 because of the cost, pollution, and the population boom it would have had on the state and the city of Denver. The state of Colorado is the only state to turn down the Olympics. Some of the sites in Colorado include; the Western Stock show which is the world’s largest rodeo and is held in Denver once a year. The world’s first ever rodeo was held in Deer Trail on July 4, 1869. In addition to the rodeo, Colorado has per capita more microbrewies than the other states. To commemorate these fine features of the state of Colorado you’ll want to purchase a key ring with the state’s symbols designed on it from internet souvenir store World-Wide-Gifts as well as other Memorabilia.
Colorado State Symbols as Souvenirs
At the top of the state seal of Colorado is the eye of God inside a triangle with golden rays radiating from either side. A scroll, the Roman fasces signifying a republican form of government and a bundle of elm rods or birch which symbolize strength that is not found in a single rod, together with a battle axe that demonstrates authority and leadership are bound together with red thongs and bearing on a band of red, white, and blue is the words “Union and Constitution.” A heraldic shield is below the scroll which features across the top a red background with three snowcapped mountains that have clouds above each one. The lower half shows a pick and a sledge hammer that are crossed on a golden background. The state’s motto is on a banner below that in a semicircle and reads “Nil Sine Numine” or “nothing without the Deity.” The year of Colorado’s statehood, 1876, is below all of that.
The state flag of Colorado features three horizontal stripes; two blue outer ones and a white inner one. In the center of the flag is a circular C with a golden disc inside of it. The symbols of the great seal and state flag are prominently displayed in acrylic on a dual-sided keychain at our Internet store World-Wide-Gifts.com.