Colorado Forklift Parts - The US state of Colorado is located in the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau on the western edge of the Great Plains overlooking the Rocky Mountains. Colorado State is part of the Mountain States in the Western United States.
The state was named for the Colorado River, which early Spanish explorers named the Rio Colorado for the red colored silt the river carried from the mountains. On August 1, the year 1876, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting Colorado as the 38th state. The state of Colorado is called the "Centennial State" because it was admitted to the Union as the 38th state in 1876, the centennial year of the United States Declaration of Independence.
Colorado shares its border with the state of Wyoming in the north, Nebraska towards the northeast, the state of Kansas towards the east, Utah towards the west, New Mexico in the south, and a small part of Oklahoma to the south. The four states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at one common point referred to as the Four Corners, that is called the heart of the American Southwest. Colorado State is amongst only three U.S. states with no natural borders, the others being nearby Wyoming and Utah.
The state of Colorado is noted for its vivid landscape of forests, mountains, high plains, mesas, plateaus, canyons, rivers, and desert lands. The 2010 United States Census tallied the state population at 5,029,196 as of April 1, 2010, an increase of 16.92% ever since the 2000 United States Census. Denver is the capital and the most densely inhabited city of Colorado State. People of the state are referred to as "Coloradans", though the archaic term "Coloradoan" is still used.
During the year 2010, production in the state of Colorado totaled $257.6 billion, based on the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Colorado State ranks 11th within the country, with a per capita personal income in 2010 at $51,940. Colorado's economy broadened from its mid-19th century roots in mining when irrigated agriculture developed, and by the late 19th century, raising livestock had become important. Early business was based on the extraction and processing of agricultural products and minerals. Present agricultural products are cattle, wheat, dairy products, corn, and hay.
Colorado State has significant hydrocarbon resources. As per the Energy Information Administration, Colorado State hosts seven of the Nation's 100 biggest natural gas fields and two of its 100 largest oil fields. Conventional and unconventional natural gas output from several Colorado basins usually account for more than half of yearly U.S. natural gas production. Colorado's oil shale deposits hold an estimated 1 trillion barrels (160 km3) of oil - practically as much oil as the entire world's proven oil reserves; the economic viability of the oil shale, on the other hand, has not been demonstrated.
The eastern plains and ridges of Colorado's high Rocky Mountain offers wind power, while there is a potential for geothermal power development since the mountain areas provide much geologic activity. Most parts of Colorado are sunny and able to produce solar power. Major rivers running from the Rocky Mountains offer hydroelectric power resources. Corn grown within the flat eastern part of the state provides potential resources for ethanol production.