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Rocks and stream along the Million Dollar Highway, Ouray County, Colorado, 1940.
People followed this yellow road--the Million Dollar Highway--to Colorado!

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Colorado Became a State
August 1, 1876

Gold! The 1858 discovery of gold caused a population boom, just like it did in California 10 years earlier. The miners found other profitable minerals as well and continued to mine for many years. As late as the 1940s, mountain streams in Ouray County ran yellow because of the residue (tailings) from the gold mills. You can see the golden river in this photo. Settlers also discovered Colorado's exquisite natural beauty.
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