National Geographic : 1969 Aug
I WYlMI1[" ?°''L YMi FLUNG LIKE A SADDLE BLANKET over the back bone of the Rockies, Colorado is the loftiest of the 50 United States, averaging 6,800 feet above sea level. Fifty-five of its peaks top 14,000 feet. To the east, high grassy plains slope up to meet foothills of the mountains. West of the Continental Divide stand sawtooth ranges and high plateaus and mesas cut by plung ing canyons. Rivers rising among the Colorado Rockies supply water to 19 other states. Gold and 168 Tidi C i~8f silver built Colorado Territory into a boomtown state; today mining runs behind industry, agri culture, and winter and summer visitors as an income earner. AREA: 104,247 square miles, ranks 8th. POPULATION: 2,072,000, ranks 30th. ECONOMY: Manufacturing and food-processing industries along the eastern flank of the Rockies; livestock, grains, alfalfa, sugar beets on eastern plains; tourism, timber, and mining (molybdenum, vana dium, uranium, zinc, lead) in the rugged west. MAJOR CITIES: Denver, pop. 521,000 (metropolitan region 1,167,000), capital; Colorado Springs, 128,500, Air Force Academy, light industry; Pueblo, 105,600, manufactur ing, trade center. ADMISSION: 1876 as 38th state.