History of the City  1900 to Present

NOTE:All entries in BOLD FACE type are fictional entries for use in Sanguis Priscus only.

1900 Gold production reaches peak of more than $20,000,000 annually at Cripple Creek, the second richest gold camp in the world.

Population of State, 539,700.
1902 Constitutional amendment permits towns of 2,000 to adopt ¨Home Rule¨; Denver becomes home rule city.

Beet sugar refinery built at Fort Collins.

David H. Moffat and associates begin construction of Moffat Railroad over the Continental Divide. Completed to Steamboat Springs in 1980 and to Craig in 1913.
1903 Colorado Springs - First automobile endurance race was held, going from Denver to Colorado Springs.

Denver - First hunting licenses were issued for a one dollar fee.

Mine, mill and smelter workers strike in many camps for higher wages and better working conditions; at Cripple Creek, strike results in much property damage and loss of life; all strike objectives in gold field are lost.

Uncompahgre irrigation project, first federal government reclamation project in Colorado, is authorized.
1905 Colorado has 3 governors in one day in a political squabble. First, Alva Adams, then James H. Peabody, and finally Jesse F. McDonald.

Construction of the six mile Gunnison water tunnel started by Bureau of Reclamation.
1906 Mancos - First national park (Mesa Verde) established in Colorado. This was also the first national park in the nation which was established to preserve human occupation of a region (Anazazi).

United States Mint, Denver, issues first coins.

March 12, National Western Stock Show is born with chartering of Western Stock Show Association following successful showing of about 60 head of cattle and horses and a few sheep and hogs in makeshift tent at Stockyards.

July 29, Mesa Verde national Park is created by Congress.
1907 With Ben B. Lindsey as Judge, Denver Juvenile Court opens - the first such court in the United States.
1908 July 7, Denver Municipal Auditorium, seating 12,500, is completed in time for the Democratic National Convention, when William Jennings Bryan was nominated the third time for President.

August 1, Colorado Day is first celebrated, marking thirty-second anniversary of State's admittance to Union.

Dome of the State Capitol is plated with gold leaf at a cost of $14,680.
1909 Denver - First state highway is funded and built.

Colorado attains first rank among states in irrigation area with 2,790,000 acres under irrigation. Gunnison water tunnel completed by Reclamation Service and opened, on September 23, by President William Howard Taft at the tunnel site.

Western State Teachers College opens at Gunnison.
1910 Population of State, 799,024. Number of farms, 46,170.

Colorado voters adopt a constitutional amendment giving to the people the right of the initiative and referendum.

May 8, first long distance phone call made from Denver to New York City.
First airplane flight in Denver.
1911 Colorado National Monument west of Grand Junction, created by Presidential order.
1912 Appleton - First consolidated school in Colorado.
1913 Denver - Colorado swore in its first woman elected to serve in the State Senate. She was Helen R. Robinson, R-Arapahoe County. Robert Pointe locks himself in his haven for two days. His major domo hired a decorator the next week to come in and repair the damage.

State Tax Commission created by Legislature. Assessed value of Colorado property for tax purposes set at $1,306,536,692.

The ¨Big Snow of 1913¨ covers Colorado to a depth of 3 - 5 feet; transportation paralyzed for weeks.

State begins licensing autos for the first time.
1914 Denver - First mill levy tax is voted for by the people to build roads.

Strike of coal miners in southern Colorado fields is climaxed by ¨Battle of Ludlow¨ near Trinidad; several men, women and children killed during hostilities between miners and the State militia.

August: WWI begins.
1915 Worker's compensation measures are passed and a State Industrial Commission is created.

Rocky Mountain National Park created by Congress.

Toll road for auto travel to top of Pikes Peak built by Spencer Penrose.
Construction of Broadmoor Hotel at Colorado Springs started.
1916 Colorado adopts prohibition.

Emily Griffith Opportunity School is opened in Denver.

Mining of tungsten causes flurry in Boulder-Nederland area.
1917 April 6: Congress declares war on Germany and many Coloradans volunteer for service.

Colorado reaches maximum mineral production, more then $80,000,000.

William F. ¨Buffalo Bill¨ Cody, Famous Indian scout, dies and is buried on Lookout Mountain, west of Denver.
1918 Agricultural production increased sharply to aid war needs. Dry lands plowed up to produce wheat.

Colorado citizens purchase Liberty Bonds by the millions of dollars to help finance war.

More than 125,000 Colorado men register for the draft for army service.
Fitzsimmons General Hospital established near Denver.

Coal production of state reaches new high of 12,500,000 tons.

Impetus of war stirs development of mining of molybdenum at Climax, near Leadville - the nation's greatest source of the metal.

Denver Tourist Bureau establishes free auto camp ground for tourists at Overland Park, Denver. Other cities follow suit during the next few years.

Federal Reserve branch bank established in Denver.

Colorado voters approve constitutional amendment providing Civil Service for state employees.

November 11, Germany surrenders.
1919 Post-war inflation brings higher prices to farmers and producers; prices of farm land high; wages high; boom times everywhere.

Colorado enacts tax of one cent per gallon on gasoline, for building of roads.

Monte Vista stages first Ski-Hi Stampede.
1920 Population of State, 939,629.

Employees of Denver Tramway company go on strike. Aroused by editorials in The Denver Post, strikers raid Post building and do much damage to property.
1921 General Assembly creates State Highway Department with seven-man Advisory Board. Colorado begins building concrete highways on main traveled routes.

Pueblo suffers disastrous flood in June; scores drowned and property damage amounts to $20,000,000.

Post war deflation sets in and decline in prices brings trouble in the rural areas. During the next several years, numerous banks serving farming areas close, price and farm lands decline sharply from levels reached in World War I, and farmers clamor for farm relief.
1922 Coloradans vote $6,000,000 in bonds for highway construction.

Moffat Tunnel Improvement District is created by General Assembly for construction of 6.4 mile bore under Continental Divide to provide better rail connections between Eastern and Western Slopes of the State.

First commercial radio license in Colorado is issued, to station KLZ.

Daring daylight hold-up of Federal Reserve Bank truck is staged as it leaves U.S. Mint in Denver and $200,000 stolen. Robbery never solved.

Denver - First commercial radio license issued to KLZ.
1923 Oil discovered in Wellington field north of Fort Collins; flurry of oil stock promotion follows.
1924 April 26, Colorado is second state to ratify child labor amendment to federal Constitution.

Celebration held in Greeley marking completion of concrete pavement between Denver and Greeley - first two major cities in State to be connected by paved highways.

Ku Klux Klan secures domination of Republican Party in Colorado and elects a pro-Klan Governor and U.S. Senator. It is rumored that Robert Pointe is the Grand Dragon for the Klan in Denver. It is known that he openly supported the Klan and backed Clarence Morley as the Governor of the State.
1925 Adams State Teachers College at Alamosa and junior colleges at Grand Junction and Trinidad are opened.
1926 Pueblo - First airmail service established between Pueblo and Cheyenne, via Denver.
1928 Rollinsville - First regular train service under the Continental Divide, via the Moffat Tunnel.
1931 Population reaches over one million.
1933 Ft. Logan - First Colorado Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps began operations.
1941 Denver recruiting offices swamped by over 2,000 enlistments during the month of December.
1947 Aspen - First commercial ski area opens for business.
1952 Denver - First television station license issued to KFEL.
1962 Walsenburg - First state park, Lathrop State Park, is created just west of this town in Huerfano County.
1968 Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated. The nation erupts with violence as negros vow revenge.

Pointe goes on major rampage and vows to eradicate all non-whites from Denver.
Daniel Archer forces Pointe from Princeship and takes the Office for himself. Robert Pointe leaves town, never to be seen again.
1983 Pueblo - First Colorado Lottery scratch tickets are sold.

Facts for Kine History found at: Colorado State Archives http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/gss/archives/archist.html and http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/gss/archives/arcfirst.html

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