This Day in History: August 1, 1876
Colorado, the Centennial State, Colorful Colorado
“Passing through your wonderful mountains and canyons I realize that this state is going to be more and more the playground for the whole republic… You will see this the real Switzerland of America.”
On August 1, 1876 (28 days after the Centennial of the United States), U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state and earning it the moniker “Centennial State”.
Colorado acquired the official nickname ‘The Centennial State’ because it entered the union in 1876, 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.