Colorado’s longest aerial tramway was at Leavick

Letter from Harvey N. Gardiner Mining History – January 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Ed Quillen: In the November 2001 issue you reviewed Riding the High Wire: Aerial Mine Tramways in the West, and you noted theabsence of mention of any aerial tramways in Central Colorado. One aerial tramway of interest was located west […]

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An old aerial tramway near Leadville

Letter from Charlotte Hamity Mining History – January 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine Ed: Even though Leadville had a lot of railroads, there was also a tramway nearby [in reference to the review of Riding the High Wire: Aerial Mine Tramways in the West, in the November 2001 edition]. It was up and beyond Halfmoon […]

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Book was misrepresented in Colorado Central review

Letter from Grant Collier Colorado – January 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: I wanted to thank you for the generally positive review of my book Colorado: Yesterday & Today, which appeared in the October issue of your magazine. However, I was disappointed to see that one aspect of my book was entirely misrepresented.

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Perhaps the airliner should be “Adventure Travel,” too

Letter from Dave Skinner Transportation – January 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: George Sibley’s column on airlines and subsidies (December, 2001) took me straight back to Steamboat Springs. About eight years ago, “we” got all this groovy Federal loot for a new airport terminal, $5.2 million. Yes, I scammed my share of the Davis-Bacon […]

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A Letter to Sibley from this Place

Essay by Aaron Abeyta Sense of Place – January 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear George, Here is this struggle, my struggle to write about a place when all I do is write about this place. Some part of me feels like all you have to do is press play and I will begin again […]

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Marching and Dancing

Column by George Sibley Society – January 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine THERE WAS A PEACE RALLY in Gunnison in mid-November, and I didn’t really rally. I went to hear the speeches because some friends were speaking, and I saw a lot of people there that I like a lot. But I couldn’t bring myself […]

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Transforming the Salida Steam Plant

Article by Lillian Ross Historic Preservation – January 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, you were a hard-working utility plant, huffing and puffing steam to generate electrical power for the town of Salida. You wore your mantle — “Salida Steam Plant” — proudly for more than 50 years. Then you fell on […]

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Restoring Leadville’s Jewish heritage

Article by Lynda La Rocca Historic preservation – January 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine THE NAMES OF MEMBERS of 19th century Leadville’s Jewish community read like a “Who’s Who” list of industry giants. Among these frontier-era movers and shakers were the Guggenheims, founders of a mining dynasty and mourners of a loved one who went […]

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Perhaps what happened in the 90s wasn’t a boom

Essay by Ed Quillen Growth – January 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine THE AMERICAN WEST is notorious for its “boom and bust” economy. In the past the booms and busts were tied to commodity prices; there was a mining boom in 1877 when silver was fetching $1.20 an ounce, a bust in 1893 when it […]

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The Commodification of Nature

Essay by Scott Silver Public Lands – January 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine SINCE THE BIRTH of our nation, America’s public lands have been exploited so as to maximize the commodity value that could be extracted from them. Two hundred years later, in 1979 to be exact, a new public lands predator called the “American […]

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The real reason for public-land user fees?

Essay by Ed Quillen Public Lands – January 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine IT USED TO BE SAID THAT, if you worked in the rural West, you took a goodly portion of your pay in scenery. Backwater wages may have been low in comparison to mainstream pay scales, but for many people, there was compensation […]

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Public Land User Fees aren’t going to go away

Article by Bob Berwyn Public Lands – January 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine POPULAR RESISTANCE to recreation user fees on public lands may be spreading, but elected officials and agency bureaucrats seem intent on continuing the program. Congress voted in October to extend authorization for the fees by two years, and a top Forest Service […]

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