One hundred years after after the birth of the United States, Colorado joined as the 38th state, earning a nickname in the process: the Centennial State.
But while Colorado joined the Union in 1876, the Colorado flag we know today didn’t make an appearance until 1911, a full 35 years later. That flag, however, has represented Colorado ever since.
Over time, the Colorado flag became one of our nation’s most well-loved state flags. Its simple, recognizable design and distinct appearance have won it a place in many hearts. To understand more about the Colorado flag and why it’s one of our nation’s favorites, we investigated the history of the state it represents, its meaning and symbolism, and the life it’s had since its creation.