Hayden Ranch Today

Work continues on the ranch in the winter of 2011 under the watchful eye of Steve Harris, owner of Cloud City Builders and project manager for K.W. Construction and Restoration, Inc. in Leadville, the general contractor for Phases I, II and III. Phase I was completed in 2007, Phase II in 2010, and Phase III […]

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The Revival of the Hayden Ranch

By Michael Conlin Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Colorado Preservationist magazine and is reprinted by permission. A Brief History of Leadville In April of 1860, a small band of wizened prospectors, veterans of the 1849 California Gold Rush, stooped patiently over the bone chilling cold waters of a small tributary stream not far […]

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The Raku pottery of Mark Zamantakis

By Ann Marie Swan A unique chapter of South Park history is that for 27 years, Fairplay was home to a fire-breathing beast that belched smoke for days, luring artists, students and the curious to be near its flames. Master potter Mark Zamantakis fired up his massive three-chambered, wood-burning Japanese kiln in June at an […]

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Soaking by the Dunes

By Maddie Mansheim What was once an abandoned pool utilized to raise catfish has grown into a family-oriented swimming area that draws tens of thousands of visitors every year. The Sand Dunes Swimming Pool and RV Park, near Hooper, has revitalized itself into a place frequently visited by both locals and tourists alike. It offers […]

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About the Cover Artist: Gloria Jean Countryman

I have to confess that one of my favorite parts of putting out this magazine is coming up with the monthly cover art. As the first impression, I always try to find cover art that is eye-catching and unpredictable. This issue has several articles about ranches and ranching, so I began to mentally visualize what […]

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