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The Colorado State nickname is known by most people as “The Centennial State” because it became the 38th state of the United States in 1876, century after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. While other nicknames have been tried and used for our State, only two have really stood the test of time. The other nickname is “Colorful Colorado” which conveys the image of our beautiful scenery and seasonal colors we all enjoy. You’ll see the magnificent Red Rocks which are well known in Colorado and the amazing blue waters of our lakes, rivers and skies. There are gold Aspen leaves in autumn, and green and blue pine trees in our forests, and all the colorful wildflowers blooming. Colorado is indeed very colorful.
The State flag for Colorado was designed to represent some of the colors and the beauty we enjoy in Colorado. They include the white for snow-capped mountains, the blue of our skies, red soil of the Colorado River and the gold of the sun that shines on the state over 300 days a year.
The official State motto of Colorado is “Nil sine Numine”. An exact translation from Latin is “Nothing without the Deity”. Although it’s sometimes translated “Nothing without Providence”, the original designers of the state seal specifically intended the meaning to include the word Deity. This rendering means any divinity, god or goddess. Only 4 of the States specifically mention the word “God” in their State motto; Arizona, Florida, Ohio and South Dakota. There are only 3 more states which make a reference to “God”; Colorado, Connecticut and Maine. Even though there is no specific religious denomination indicated, all these motto’s are considered “religious in nature”.
The Seal of the State of Colorado is a 2 1/2 inch round seal adapted from the original territorial seal. The only changes made were the replacement of the territorial seals top inscription with “State of Colorado” and the date inscription with “1876″. On March 15th, 1877, the first General Assembly of the State of Colorado approved the seal.