Home, home on the ranchito

Column by Hal Walter Western life – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine WHITHER THE RANCHER, that gnarled and stoic figure of Western lore? And what do the words “ranch” and “rancher” mean in the New West? Probably no word conjures up the Western mythology more than “ranch,” a notion visually propped by The Big […]

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Railroad Remnants in Buena Vista

Sidebar by Clint Driscoll Transportation – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine 1. The old Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad depot, shown during prepartions for its move last spring, is not the only piece of railroading history hidden away in Buena Vista. Other structures related to the Midland, D&RG, and the DSP&P still exist […]

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Where the South Park trains still run

Sidebar by Central Staff Transportation – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine The old South Park railroad thrives, after a fashion, near Nathrop as the Stew’s Pot & Wearsat Railroad — a 1/28-scale layout which runs from the Wearsat depot, across the yard, and then indoors through walls and over ceilings. Owner Stew Brown says […]

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It’s a labor of love for the “foamers”

Article by Clint Driscoll Transportation – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine “The point is, people like you and me are just dilettantes, layabouts if you like, these people really care!” — Ford Prefect in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams THERE IS NO MORE AVID a hobbyist than a railroad buff. […]

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Some pleasant reading

Review by Ed Quillen Books – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine EVERY WINTER, Martha tells me it’s time to write a list of favorite books from the preceding year, and unlike most of our writings about books, these selections don’t have to concern Central Colorado.

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What would happen if we really had a new year?

Column by George Sibley American life – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine 2004: Another year starting, an important year. Here in its dark early days, dare we hope that it turns out to be a truly “new year”? Happy New Year! If you’re like me, you’ll say that rather mindlessly over the next few […]

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Ghosts in ghost towns and a UFO in New Mexico

Sidebar by Ken Jessen Local Lore – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine Certainly, in visiting over 600 abandoned town sites in the American West, I have had some very eerie feelings. This is especially true when I am alone poking inside some old miner’s shack on a dark overcast day near dusk. Might ghosts […]

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The Galloping Ghost

Sidebar by Wendell Hutchinson Local Lore – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine A beautiful woman lived in the upper end of the San Luis Valley. Her home was in the wooded timber area between Villa Grove and the top of Poncha Pass. I can remember the remains of the house along the south side […]

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Why the ghosts are coming out now

Sidebar by Martha Quillen Local Lore – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine Way back in September, Colorado Central asked writer-formerly-in-residence, Columbine Quillen (who continues to labor for the home team on occasion), to collect a few local ghost stories to round out our Hallowe’en feature. But as it turned out, our main feature was […]

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Ghost Stories

Article by Columbine Quillen Local lore – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine ASK ABOUT GHOSTS In Salida and you’ll hear plenty of stories. Some say the old bookstore used to be haunted, the Lovelace, the First Street Café, the Odd Fellows Hall, or perhaps even most of the buildings on First Street, and many […]

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When Jesus Spoke to the Burning Bush

Essay by Jim Stiles Politics – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine Originally Published in the Canyon Country Zephyr NOTE: What follows is clearly a figment of my fatigued imagination. I am not a biblical scholar; I am probably not even a Christian as most religious organizations would define it. But I grew up going […]

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Can we get along?

Essay by Martha Quillen Modern life – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine LAST SPRING I was talking to Lynda La Rocca and mentioned how irritating I thought it was that the word “Christian” had been usurped by political conservatives. And wrong, too, because Christians clearly come in all parties, and embrace all sorts of […]

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Adjusting the map

Sidebar by Ed Quillen Politics – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine Now it’s official, more or less: Chaffee and Lake counties are in the 5th Congressional District, thanks to a Dec. 1 ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court. The court upheld the boundaries which had been in place for the 2002 election — boundaries […]

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