Heavy Metal Buildings in the Wet Mountain Valley

Column by Hal Walter Mountain Architecture – September 1999 I’VE ALWAYS MARVELED at the environmental practicality of mobile homes. While many take a dim view of trailers, they make more sense than trophy homes in Colorado, where historically every economic boom has ended in bust. Once the current real-estate cycle crashes, trailers could be rolled […]

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How to prove you’re a pioneer

Article by Jeanne Englert Colorado Status – September 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine IT WON’T MAKE YOU a better driver, but it’s fun to sport a Colorado pioneer license plate if you qualify for one. Zoe Hubbard, a descendant of four pioneer families in southern Weld County, established the pioneer plate program two years ago […]

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Stuck on Cochetopa Pass

Essay by Ed Quillen Western Development – September 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine OFTEN I READ that the West is just getting too crowded and developed — indeed, on many occasions, I have myself written prose to that effect. But as Bob Ewegen at The Denver Post often observes, “journalism is the art of relentless […]

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Remnants of the Narrow-Gauge Circle

Sidebar by Ed Quillen C&TS RR – September 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine The C&TS locomotives are now confined to the tracks between Antonito, Colo., and Chama, N.M., but when they were put into service decades ago, they pulled freight and passengers across vast stretches of Colorado and northern New Mexico. In the 1920s, the […]

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Getting a ticket to history

Sidebar by Steve Voynick C&TS RR – September 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine A TICKET TO HISTORY The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a Registered National Historic Site and a New Mexico Registered Cultural Site. Recently, the Society of International Railway Travelers named the C&TSRR to its list of the world’s top 20 railway […]

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Steam: Still whistling after all these years

Article by Steve Voynick C&TS RR – September 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine I ADMIT THAT I ENVY Tom Atkinson’s job. He begins work by climbing into the cab of No. 497, a huge, black, 96-year-old Baldwin steam locomotive. Coupled to a six-car train, the K-37 Mikado-type locomotive has been building steam for two hours. […]

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and apparently he agrees

Letter from Clay Warren Dialect – September 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine …and apparently he agrees Editors, I don’t know whether or not to think that my unique style of commentary is under attack by common ridicule, or that imitation is really the sincerest form of flattery. In any event — and at the risk […]

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Enough with the hill-billy talk

Letter from Paul Brown Dialect – September 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Enough with the dialect… Dear Editor, I wish you would quit encouraging what you must feel is the humorous “hick dialect” writing style of letter-writer Clay Warren (and why is he afraid to use his real name). As a descendant of true hillbillies, […]

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Time to return to routine

Letter from Trout Creek Ponderist Seasons – September 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine As summer wanes, it’s time to return to routine Salute — After several trips and the usual summer influx of diversions, we have realized that our few precious days of summer are quickly waning. Reality or the true Colorado routine, if it […]

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He’d like to see what pulses through their veins

Letter from Gene Lorig Guns and Politics – September 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine He’d like to see what pulses through their veins Ed and Martha, Persistence is thy name. Here’s $40 to keep you off my back for a couple years. Since your first card, in May, I have been trying to think of […]

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Nature will not miss the god made of gunpowder

Letter from John Walker Hal Walter’s August 99 column – September 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Nature will not miss the god made of gunpowder Editors: In an age where technology makes many feel powerless, it is comforting to know that a gun can still transform a man into a god blessed with the power […]

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