At least they didn’t wallow in self-pity

Essay by Martha Quillen History – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine Immerse yourself in history, and you notice a few things. The murder rate in Colorado mining camps was horrendous, far worse than any Detroit or Washington D.C. can match today.

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Look beyond hypsometry when you look for peaks to bag

Article by Allen Best Mountains – May 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine My quarrel with peak-bagging, particularly of the 14er variety, is that it is so undiscriminating, and at this point, so clich├ęd. I don’t like sounding haughty about this, but the fact remains that Mt. Princeton is much easier than Ice Mountain, yet Princeton […]

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Shall We Gather at the (Gunnison) Ditches?

Article by Kym O’Connell-Todd and Mark Todd Local Festivals – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine For the past century or more, the Gunnison Valley — in one way or another — has drowned in water issues. From its infancy, Gunnison provided a paradise for those who recognized the value of the region’s resources — […]

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Notes & Commentary for May 1994

Brief by Various Mountain Life – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine Rising to the Occasion LEADVILLE — Hypsometry (the lore of altitudes) was simpler a few years ago. Climax Molybdenum was running, and so was its post office at zip code 80429 — the highest in the United States at about 11,200 feet.

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Jack Frost is supposed to depart soon

Article by Ed Quillen Climate – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine This is when even devout non-gardeners like me drool uncontrollably over seed catalogs. Every four-color variety of squash, bean or melon looks comely, even luscious — and then there’s the fine print: GROWING SEASON 170 DAYS.

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Saguache Museum is the core of the community

Article by Martha Quillen Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine In his 1959 book, Guide to the Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps, Perry Eberhart says, “Saguache is almost as colorful today as it was during its early years. One of the few county seats in Colorado without a railroad, Saguache has retained […]

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The Little Engines that Can, in Buena Vista

Article by Martha & Ed Quillen Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine Before the turn of the century, central Colorado boasted nearly 600 miles of railroads — the main lines of the Denver & Rio Grande, the Colorado Midland, and the Denver, South Park and Pacific, as well as branches to Westcliffe, Crestone, […]

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The third landmark in Silver Cliff

Article by Hal Walter Musuems – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine Really, there are only three landmarks in the Wet Mountain Valley town of Silver Cliff. Two are taverns; the other, the Silver Cliff Museum. If you happen to stumble out of the Silver Dome or Clever’s on a bright summer afternoon and need […]

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Leadville leads in quality and variety

Article by Lynda La Rocca Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine Leadville has been called a lot of things over the years. Some nicknames — Two-Mile-High City, Cloud City, Magic City — are picturesque; many others are unprintable. A rarely mentioned, but truly deserved, sobriquet is “Museum Capital of Colorado.” With more than […]

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Salida Museum has a little bit of everything

Article by Martha Quillen Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine History can’t be toted on a cash register, nor added up like so many numbers and presented with unfailing accuracy — for history is a living thing, wholly reliant on those who feed and nurture it. South Park City has breathed life into […]

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South Park City displays daily life

Article by Martha Quillen Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine In 1885, Leadville was the second largest city in Colorado with 16,000 citizens, three daily newspapers, two weeklies, two hospitals, two telephone companies, eight schools, seven churches, three Masonic lodges, two Odd Fellow lodges, thirteen hotels, two railroads, eight smelting and reduction works, […]

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